As goes France, so goes the EU

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands.

PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia.

Rarely have the French faced a starker choice of European futures than in this year’s presidential election, where they’ll vote for “bye-bye European Union” or “back to a Europe of Nations” or even “fast forward to a more integrated Union.”

If the opinion polls are accurate and fickle voters, angry with the political class, don’t change their minds at the ballot box, the second-round runoff on May 7 is likely to pit anti-EU nationalist Marine Le Pen against pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron. Still in contention in the first round on April 24 are conservative Gaullist François Fillon and evergreen leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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  • just_one_Sewer Rat_guy

    Hoping France will be smart about this, and put an end to the violence currently ravaging their streets.

  • Brett_McS

    I suppose that for the EU the socialist Macron counts as a centrist.

  • Barrington Minge

    Ms Le Pen gets to be President then the European Union is screwed. Where Great Britain is going, France will follow….bring it on!!!

  • Hard Little Machine

    The French are better at corrupting and manipulating elections than the Democrats in the US. It’s unlikely that the State will permit Le Pen a victory no matter what ‘the people think’. But it will be a shaky unstable victory that at best, only forestalls the coming fight between Islam, the far left and the rest of French society.

  • Spatchcocked

    As for the EU….in a slightly different context….”you need only kick in the door and the whole rotten edifice will come crashing down”

  • Bless his heart

    Charles Martel was the last Frenchman to have this much ride on the French’s victory. That was at the Battle of Tours in about 732. That was the last time invading Muslim armies threatened to conquer France and Europe.