French Presidential Election 2017

CJ-Moki here. A word on the 2017 French presidential election (mild snark incoming):

In a couple months, France will be holding a presidential election. The 5 primary candidates are, from (approximate) left to right on the political spectrum:

  • Emmanuel Macron of En Marche!
  • Jean-Luc Mélenchon of Unsubmissive France
  • Benoît Hamon of the Socialist Party
  • François Fillon of The Republicans (unrelated to, though ideologically similar to, the American Republican Party)
  • Marine Le Pen of the National Front

Right now, the candidates at the forefront are Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

Marine Le Pen is a Regional Councillor for Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Député of Île-de-France, President of the National Front, and white supremacist Patriot™. She succeeded her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, as the President of the National Front, and compared the simple presence of Muslims in France to the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.

Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, is a former French Minister, and the founder of En Marche! Macron seeks to "make France daring again", and wishes to make France a beacon for the whole world. While Macron has referred to himself as a centrist, he comes off as very progressive, Sanders-esque if you will.

While Marine Le Pen is unfortunately leading current polls, Macron is climbing, slowly, but steadily. I sincerely hope that French voters in April and May vote to make Macron the President of France.

For the more... Creative, for lack of a better word, of Frenchmen, you may set your eyes on the (extremely unlikely) run of Barack Obama (yes, you read that right), who you probably know as the former President of the United States. The idea of Obama being a candidate in the 2017 election was literally alcohol-induced, and started as a joke between friends, but an online petition calling for Obama to run has gained tens of thousands of signatures. The New York Times made a short video about Obama17.

Whether it be Le Pen, Macron, or even Obama, the 2017 French Presidential election is something I find interesting and important. I hope French voters vote for Macron soon.

CJ-Moki, signing off.


  1. Looks to me as if political polarization has infected France too.

    1. Yep. My bet is that within the course of a couple years, most of the western world will have been politically divided.


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