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Being in France the past week, I’ve paid more attention than usual to their presidential election, which occurs today. Not just the closing messages or the strategies and tactics employed in the final debate last Tuesday, although I give an edge to Macron. He was aggressive in their final debate and much is being made in the final days of LePen’s party reimbursing a sanctioned Russian defense contractor about $12 million in contributions. Putin is very much an issue here in France.
In one sense, it really doesn’t matter to most Americans who wins the election. French tour guides I’ve heard from are mostly disappointed that the election is a replay of five years ago, when Emmanuel Macron, the young “fresh face” leading the new “En Marche!” Party, swept into the Elysee Palace by a two-to-one margin over the “National Front” party’s candidate, Marine LePen.