This will be the last post before the French Presidential election on May 7th. Currently Emmanuel Macron is leading, though I expect his lead to dip on Election Day. So here is the jist.
Macron, a 39 year old former investment banker and former minister of the economy (which is perhaps the 2nd most powerful post in the French cabinet, second only to the prime minister). He is generally the establishment figure in the race, despite running on a mainly anti-establishment platform. He is usually centrist on most issues, staunchly pro-European, and very popular among young people. He is currently polling at around 60 percent and has been endorsed by former US president Barack Obama.
Marine Le Pen is the more anti-establishment figure in the race. At age 48, she is older than Macron, though younger than most French presidents at accession (the youngest, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, was also 48). She is the youngest daughter of one of Frances most notorious politicians, Jean-Marie Le Pen. She has greatly moderated her party’s platform and has gained immense popularity among the French Working Class. Though widely considered far-right, I consider her Radical (not as in the classical radicalism, which had a major base in France), as in cultural rightist and economic leftist.
One of these two candidates, unless something crazy happens, will be Frances next president. So watch with scrutiny, whatever happens will change the course of the populist trend across Europe and the World.