‘Clinton Syndrome’: Why France’s Le Pen Shouldn’t Be Ruled Out Just Yet

Friday, April 28, 2017
By Paul Martin


Centrist establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron and right-wing National Front candidate Marine Le Pen are set to face off in the second round of voting in France’s presidential elections on May 7. Russian business magazine Expert has explained why the race, weighted heavily in Macron’s favor, shouldn’t be seen as a foregone conclusion.

Macron, a former Minister of Economy and investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque, won the first round of France’s presidential election last Sunday, receiving 24% of the vote. Le Pen, leader of the conservative nationalist, hard euroscepticist National Front, got 21.3%.

The pair will face off in a highly anticipated election about a week from now, a race that has already been described as a battle for the future not only of France, but of Europe as well.

Ahead of the vote, a series of election polls have shown Macron leading by a comfortable margin of up to 60%. All of France’s major parties, with the exception of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who won nearly 20% of the vote in the first round, have directed their supporters to vote against Le Pen.

Offering its own perspective on the election, Russian business magazine Expert wrote that putting political pundits’ predictions aside, if it is smart, the Macron campaign won’t succumb to arrogance amid its perceived easy victory.

“In the Macron campaign headquarters right now, they should be remembering Hillary Clinton,” the magazine wrote. “She, like Macron today, was promised an easy victory simply because her opponent, it seemed, couldn’t win – he simply couldn’t win. Everyone knows what happened after that.”

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