Citizens of France went to the polls on Sunday to cast their ballots for the first round of the Presidential election. Candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen bested 11 other candidates
and will set the stage for a run-off vote in two weeks.
To get you up to speed on the political climate in France: This is the first time in a long time that anyone outside of the traditional socialist/left and republican parties:
In 1956, they together got 76 percent of the total vote; in 2012 it was 56 percent in the first round. On Sunday it was 26 percent.
Both Macron and Le Pen are “outsider candidates,” but represent two new factions in western politics. Macron is a former Obama ‘08 campaign staffer and considers himself a centrist who takes a little from the socialists and the republicans. Le Pen is the daughter of the founder of the National Front right-wing party and proclaims many of the same campaign policies that you would come to expect from the “populist right.”