Pollsters project Macron’s alliance could win as many as three-quarters of the seats in the lower house after next week’s second round of voting.
That would give France’s youngest leader since Napoleon a powerful mandate to make good on campaign pledges to revive France’s fortunes by cleaning up politics and easing regulations that investors say hobble the euro zone’s second-biggest economy.
The immediate challenge to Emmanuel Macron will be to secure a majority in next month’s parliamentary election for a political movement that is barely a year old, rebranded as La Republique En Marche (“Onward the Republic”), in order to implement his program. Outgoing president Francois Hollande, who brought Macron into politics, said the result “confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union.”
In backing the leader of France’s neo-fascist party, Donald Trump also resumed his role as the Western political stalking horse for Vladimir Putin. Having received LePen in Moscow, where she denounced sanctions and sucked up to Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president has mobilized his entire propaganda apparatus to influence the French election.
After profiling the various candidates in France’s upcoming election — including a sharp takedown of creepy racist weirdo Marine LePen — John Oliver concludes with a moving plea to the French voters, in more or less their own language, telling them to seize “the chance to prove your superiority to Britain and the U.S.,” since both have made grave “populist” errors in recent elections.