New French Revolution?

Marine Le Pen (L), French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, leaves a polling booth as she votes in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau – RTS13INJ

From the Times:

Marine Le Pen stormed into the final straight of the French presidential election last night as mutinous voters humiliated the country’s two established parties.

The historic result, on a turnout close to 80 per cent, pitched the National Front leader into a run-off against Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old centrist and political novice, who launched his political movement a year ago. With all the votes counted from last night’s first round, Mr Macron took 23.74 percent with Ms Le Pen on 21.53 per cent.More.

Reality check: The French elite made clear that French voters did not matter much except as virtue signals broadcast to foreign elites. What on earth could possibly have gone wrong?

See also: Has everyone forgotten that the Obama campaign decided to desert white working class voters in 2012?

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