French Voters Poised To Elect Their Own Version Of Trump

“The French held their next round of presidential
primaries today to determine the general election candidate for the
“center right.” It was a battle between ex-premier Francois Fillon and
another former prime minister, Alain Juppe. Fillon is described as an
“economic radical” and social conservative. When the dust settled,
Fillon won it running away.

This is a multi-stage process and Fillon will go on in the spring to
face… you guessed it… Marine Le Pen. They will also face the socialist
candidate, current president, Francois Hollande.If the socialists are knocked out in the first round as the polling
suggests, Fillon and Le Pen will be the last two standing for the runoff
election.Why is that remarkable in this generally socialist nation? Because we
already know where Le Pen stands in terms of getting out of the EU and
dumping the Euro, etc. but Fillon is a rare beast in France as well.Fillon wants to fire hundreds of thousands of government workers,
slash taxes to stimulate the economy, crack down on immigration and
Muslim extremists, opposes gay marriage and wants to defend traditional
French national identity. (Make France Great Again?)

Either way, if this is how it plays out we’re going to be looking at a
very different scene in France when this is over. And it’s probably one
which will make for a much better fit in terms of relations with the
United States under the new president.”

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