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A crucial week for France and Europe

As France enters the final week of its presidential election campaign, the stakes couldn’t be higher. In the event that Emmanuel Macron wins, he will be the first French president to get re-elected since Jacques Chirac in 2002.

Yet, in the event that Marine Le Pen wins, it will be a political quake to opponent the Brexit and the appointment of Donald Trump as US president in 2016. The triumph of an intense nationalist and Eurosceptic would toss the fate of the EU into uncertainty.

Macron lead over Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron has consolidated his lead over Marine Le Pen as France’s presidential election enters its last week, as indicated by surveys, recommending more extreme scrutiny of the far-right challenger’s plans might be transforming the race’s dynamic.

Six days from the runoff that will conclude who occupies the Élysée Palace for the following five years, each of the 16 polls carried out since the first-round vote on 10 April have put the officeholder ahead, by somewhere in the range of seven and 12 percentage points.

Macron vs Le Pen

As it happened: French presidential election debate – POLITICO

Macron, a steadfast defender of the alleged European project, sees his nation’s situation in the coalition as a place of strength for France. Furthermore, he maintains that this should proceed.

“On April the 24th, we can make the choice of hope. We can make the choice of France and Europe together!” the French president said following his success in the first round of voting on Sunday.

Marine Le Pen then wants to reclaim what she calls French power. Already, this included leaving the EU and dropping the euro money, however she has since paddled back on these strategies, directing her perspectives to broaden her appeal.

“I will bring back France’s sovereignty in all areas, which means freedom for the French people to decide for themselves and defend their interests,” Le Pen said.

In spite of her endeavor to make her political stance more attractive to electors, her program remains profoundly Eurosceptic, with her National Rally party proceeding with its opposition to France’s European responsibilities, something that will keep Brussels concerned.

France presidential election: Europe’s future on the line

Le Pen win would be no less of an existential crisis for the European Union (EU) presently than it was in 2017. The timing would presumably be even more serious given the conflict in Ukraine and Le Pen’s connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin. France is the main huge military power in the EU. It holds the association’s just permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and is the only EU part that is an atomic power. If France somehow managed to pull out of the efforts to sanction Russia, it would be a big blow for the West.

The fate of the EU would be in uncertainty. Le Pen no longer calls for France to leave the EU — practically all the far-right in Europe quit doing that after they noticed the impacts of Brexit. Yet, she has said she needs to dismantle the EU from the inside and that her first foreign visit as president would be to Brussels to request quick work on reconsidering the EU deals.

Emmanuel Macron has considered this election a “referendum on Europe”, contending that Europe protects France from crisis and war, blaming his adversary for needing to leave the EU in a “Frexit” without thinking for even a second to say so.

With the election probably be won by the candidate who can reach past their camp to persuade electors that the other choice would be far more awful, the two competitors are hoping to draw in a portion of the 7.7 million citizens.

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