Monday, May 08, 2017

FRANCE - Presidential Election

IMHO:  A choice of openness vs shaking in fear, crippling nationalism vs European Union.

"How French voters see their presidential choices" PBS NewsHour 5/5/2017


SUMMARY:  French voters head to the polls Sunday in the second-round runoff between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.  Macron has been buoyed this week by an endorsement by former President Obama and a solid debate performance.  But Le Pen's anti-immigrant party continues to press its case.  Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

"In presidential election, French youth confront 'two visions of France'" PBS NewsHour 5/6/2017


SUMMARY:  Two candidates facing off this weekend in the French presidential election runoff offer starkly different visions for the country.  Centrist Emmanuel Macron supports immigration and the European Union, while the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen wants to curb immigration and pull France out of the EU.  Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from France.

"Macron declares 'new page of our history' in France" PBS NewsHour 5/7/2017

Sanity wins!


SUMMARY:  One of the most divisive political campaigns in French history that had much of Europe on edge came to an end during Sunday's runoff election.  Centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated his controversial opponent, the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen.  NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Malcolm Brabant joins Hari Sreenivasan from Macron's campaign headquarters in Paris.

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