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Well either Macron or Le Pen will be President after the election. So the question is which you prefer, or whether you hate both equally and have no view one way or the other.  Democracy is often about choosing the lesser evil rather than offering an ideal choice.

Your opportunity to influence the shape of the next Presidency will come in the legislative elections...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 26th, 2017 at 10:10:07 PM EST
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No. Macron will be president after the election. The only question is what percentage you give him.

I would like Le Pen's percentage to be really low of course. But Macron was already, I think, a mentally highly unstable person, completely exalted with his own self. Listening to his meetings was just scary, it was like a televangelist show.
So on the back of a huge percentage, all bets are off...

Don't try to second-guess my vote from these lines - I am just pointing out that the question is not who will be president but by which margin.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Apr 27th, 2017 at 09:25:13 AM EST
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Marine Le Pen May Get a Lift From an Unlikely Source: The Far Left - The New York Times -

One of Mr. Mélenchon's top aides derided the candidate's critics in a telephone interview Tuesday. "You've got to look at where the criticism is coming from," said Éric Coquerel, a member of the Paris regional council.

"It's coming from those whose policies have favored the development of the National Front, from the Socialist Party," said Mr. Coquerel, referring to the quarrel that divided the French left for five years: the governing Socialists' mild pro-market turn, seen as a betrayal by France's far left.

"We don't want to help Marine Le Pen, but we don't want to endorse Mr. Macron," he said.

"He's the candidate of free trade," Mr. Coquerel said. "He's going to assist in the Uberization of society. Everything we are going to fight against in the coming months. There's no possible rapprochement."

Bold for silly editorializing.

This is a perfectly reasonable stance. Of course Centrists are desperate to sell their horse shoe theories about the Left secretly preferring the fascists.
Especially in France this demand to kiss the centrists ring has nothing at all to do with keeping the fascists out. They want to pull everyone into their TINA non-politics, effectively murdering democracy. After all they don't even care for any of the things the fascists would destroy.
 Our very reasonable centrists are doing their best to have refugees drown in the Mediterranean, build border fences across Europe, support the worst kind of despots around the globe, conspire to provide international companies with veto power over public policies and are now chomping at the bit to hand broad censorship powers over to private companies to prevent "fake news". Sure Le Pen would be worse but they are not offering any principles to adhere to.

by generic on Fri Apr 28th, 2017 at 03:15:01 AM EST
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I just watched Méluche's weekly talk, below. He talks about the media hysteria concerning his non-endorsement for the second round. He tells us we know who he's going to vote for, but he won't tell us who it is. Fair enough.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 28th, 2017 at 04:46:31 PM EST
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