This Sunday, France will choose its next president. The election is an even bigger deal than usual. It has major implications for the future of Europe and the power of far-right politics across the world. So what’s going on over there? The situation France is in something of a mess. Outgoing president Francois Hollande is so unpopular he didn’t even try to run for a second term. Unemployment—especially youth and long-term unemployment—remains high nearly a decade after the financial crisis. After multiple terrorist attacks, the government has put in place a perpetual state of emergency that gives security services very broad powers and has drawn condemnation from human rights groups. French Muslims face routine discrimination. If this combination of economic stagnation, fear, surveillance, and racism seems somewhat familiar to you…it should! France is going through the same ruptures as countries across the West, including America. The first round of the elections was even more disruptive than the 2016 U.S. primaries, with both candidates from the two major parties eliminated. And the choice French voters have before them may also seem familiar. The choice The two people who are running to tackle all this are very different from each other. Their one… Read full this story
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