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The Financial Times reports:
Europe is delighted, the markets are reassured and the French establishment is showing renewed confidence that will not become president of France. But the far-right National Front still sees a path to victory on May 7.
Ms Le Pen plans to step down as head of the FN in an attempt to look more presidential, but the party apparatus will continue to run her campaign. Senior FN officials say they plan to make the next two weeks a “clash of civilisations” between the winners and losers of globalisation, between the “elites” supporting independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and “patriots” supporting Ms Le Pen.
David Rachline, the FN campaign director, says there are more voters who have suffered than have gained from the free market and pro-European policies advocated by Mr Macron.
As I have reported, Marcon wants to raise defense spending to two percent of GDP, up from the current figure of 1.8 percent. Also, he wants to build 15,000 new prisons and hire 10,000 new police officers.
In addition, he recently said
that there should be international military intervention if there comes to be evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.
“An international intervention is needed…My preference is that there should be an intervention under the auspices of the United Nations. A military intervention,” Macron said.
He is a past member of the French Socialist party. He also was an adviser to the current Socilaist president of France, François Hollande,
Bottom line: As was the case in the US presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there is no sound choice for libertarians,
Both Marcon and Le Pen are interventionists, just with different pet interventions.
A snap Ipsos survey late on Sunday shows that if the race had benn run on that day, Macron would win with 62 per cent of the votes in the run-off, against 38 per cent for Le Pen, as centrists would rally behind the 39-year-old former banker.