After The New President, New Faces for France’s Parliament

One led the elite French police unit that took down an Islamic State cell, another lost a sister in the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. There is also a computer whizz who started working at age 16, a farmer, a primary school director whose family is known for its sparkling wine, and a journalist who covered conflict in Africa. Their shared goal: to deliver President-elect Emmanuel Macron the parliamentary majority he needs to be effective.

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French Choice: Risk Le Pen or Embrace Safer Macron

After an election campaign like no other, France is about to have a president like no other: either Marine Le Pen, a far-right populist who could reshape Europe’s post-war order and become France’s first female leader, or Emmanuel Macron, a brainy upstart who’s daring the French to gamble on a startup-style new political construction.

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Supporters of France’s National Front Mirror Trump Voters

When voters head to the polls for the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday they won’t only be deciding who will qualify to compete in the election’s second round, on May 7, but also whether the populist wave that propelled the Brexit and swept Donald Trump into the White House will maintain its momentum.

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