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For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.”

Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France’s national elite.

Marine Le Pen of the National Front ran second with 21.5 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron of the new party En Marche! won 23.8 percent.

Macron is a heavy favorite on May 7. The Republicans’ Francois Fillon, who got 20 percent, and the Socialists’ Benoit Hamon, who got less than 7 percent, both have urged their supporters to save France by backing Macron.

Ominously for U.S. ties, 61 percent of French voters chose Le Pen, Fillon or radical Socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon. All favor looser ties to America and repairing relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Le Pen has a mountain to climb to win, but she is clearly the favorite of the president of Russia, and perhaps of the president of the United States. Last week, Donald Trump volunteered:

“She’s the strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France. … Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election.”

As an indicator of historic trends in France, Le Pen seems likely to win twice the 18 percent her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, won in 2002, when he lost in the runoff to Jacques Chirac.

The campaign between now and May 7, however, could make the Trump-Clinton race look like an altarpiece of democratic decorum.

Not only are the differences between the candidates stark, Le Pen has every incentive to attack to solidify her base and lay down a predicate for the future failure of a Macron government.

And Macron is vulnerable. He won because he is fresh, young, 39, and appealed to French youth as the anti-Le Pen. A personification of Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”

But he has no established party behind him to take over the government, and he is an ex-Rothschild banker in a populist environment where bankers are as welcome as hedge-fund managers at a Bernie Sanders rally.

He is a pro-EU, open-borders transnationalist who welcomes new immigrants and suggests that acts of Islamist terrorism may be the price France must pay for a multiethnic and multicultural society.

Macron was for a year economic minister to President Francois Hollande who has presided over a 10 percent unemployment rate and a growth rate that is among the most anemic in the entire European Union.

He is offering corporate tax cuts and a reduction in the size of a government that consumes 56 percent of GDP, and presents himself as the “president of patriots to face the threat of nationalists.”

His campaign is as much “us vs. them” as Le Pen’s.

And elite enthusiasm for Macron seems less rooted in any anticipation of future greatness than in the desperate hope he can save the French establishment from the dreaded prospect of Marine.
But if Macron is the present, who owns the future?

ORDER IT NOW

Across Europe, as in France, center-left and center-right parties that have been on the scene since World War II appear to be emptying out like dying churches. The enthusiasm and energy seem to be in the new parties of left and right, of secessionism and nationalism.

The problem for those who believe the populist movements of Europe have passed their apogee, with losses in Holland, Austria and, soon, France, that the fever has broken, is that the causes of the discontent that spawned these parties are growing stronger.

What are those causes?

A growing desire by peoples everywhere to reclaim their national sovereignty and identity, and remain who they are. And the threats to ethnic and national identity are not receding, but growing.

The tide of refugees from the Middle East and Africa has not abated. Weekly, we read of hundreds drowning in sunken boats that tried to reach Europe. Thousands make it. But the assimilation of Third World peoples in Europe is not proceeding. It seems to have halted.

Second-generation Muslims who have lived all their lives in Europe are turning up among the suicide bombers and terrorists.

Fifteen years ago, al-Qaida seemed confined to Afghanistan. Now it is all over the Middle East, as is ISIS, and calls for Islamists in Europe to murder Europeans inundate social media.

As the numbers of native-born Europeans begin to fall, with their anemic fertility rates, will the aging Europeans become more magnanimous toward destitute newcomers who do not speak the national language or assimilate into the national culture, but consume its benefits?

If a referendum were held across Europe today, asking whether the mass migrations from the former colonies of Africa and the Middle East have on balance made Europe a happier and better place to live in in recent decades, what would that secret ballot reveal?

Does Macron really represent the future of France, or is he perhaps one of the last men of yesterday?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, out in May, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Randal says:

    Le Pen has a mountain to climb to win, but she is clearly the favorite of the president of Russia, and perhaps of the president of the United States

    Trump will likely find that position difficult to sustain, as the consequences of his surrender to the neocon Russophobes continue to unwind:

    Tillerson: Sanctions on Russia Will Remain ‘Until Crimea Is Returned’

    Trump: I Didn’t Know Much About NATO When I Said NATO Is Obsolete

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  2. Veritatis says:

    “He won because he is fresh, young, 39, and appealed to French youth as the anti-Le Pen. A personification of Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”

    A good analysis, he is a very curated candidate in the style of Obama, Trudeau, and others. His message, however vacuous it might seem to many, is actually more sophisticated, he is not just “against”, he is “for Europe”. This is an example of what french educated 20 something’s were re twitting excitedly:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/834141496488112128/photo/1

    Macron’s campaign speaks vague hopeful nonsense that sounds very wise to young people. He then lets others (defeated rivals included!) speak about the threat posed by LePen. Hillary certainly wasn’t as suave.

    I’m afraid Le Pen is like Hillary as a candidate: cerebral, a bit tired, someone who doesn’t -can’t- catch fire. Her message is clear, but it has a natural ceiling. To surmount that, a charismatic figure is needed.

    A pro-Russia president in Western Europe would have been valuable in the search for a balance of power worldwide. Dommage.

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    Macron won because he is the power elite's choice.
    , @englishmike
    Macron’s campaign speaks vague, hopeful nonsense that sounds very wise to young people.

    Don't knock it. It worked for Obama.

    Expect Macron, if he wins, to lecture his compatriots on their white, male privilege and to tour the world "apologising" for his nation's historical crimes against the third world.

    Does he play golf too?
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  3. unit472 says:

    Macron is another technocrat who will pretend Europe’s problem is economic and not demographic. He may even believe it. That if GDP can grow at 2 or 3% per year France can muddle through. Of course even achieving that would be difficult given the dirigiste economy they have built but it ignores the 800 lbs demographic gorilla in their midst and just over the Mediterranean Sea. Just 200,000 Muslim immigrants per year will, by 2100, turn France into Algeria circa 1960 and we know what happened to the French colon’s in Algeria but there will be no France to return to next time.

    It is astonishing that leftists can view with real alarm the putative disaster their climate change models predict 75 years into the future but refuse to face up to the empirical demographic disaster staring them in the face. Worse, it will not be a gradual increase in sea level or ever milder winters the people of Europe will face but an ever more violent revolt by an ever growing population of hostile foreigners.

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    "it ignores the 800 lbs demographic gorilla in their midst and just over the Mediterranean Sea. Just 200,000 Muslim immigrants per year will, by 2100, turn France into Algeria circa 1960 and we know what happened to the French colon’s in Algeria but there will be no France to return to next time.
    It is astonishing that leftists can view with real alarm the putative disaster their climate change models predict 75 years into the future but refuse to face up to the empirical demographic disaster staring them in the face. Worse, it will not be a gradual increase in sea level or ever milder winters the people of Europe will face but an ever more violent revolt by an ever growing population of hostile foreigners."

    Bien sur! Well said.

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  4. bjondo says:

    Macron is the last turd of yesterday
    LePen will actually win meaning the election could be rigged/stolen for Macron.

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  5. Rurik says:

    If a referendum were held across Europe today, asking whether the mass migrations from the former colonies of Africa and the Middle East have on balance made Europe a happier and better place to live in in recent decades, what would that secret ballot reveal?

    well, we can’t ask them anymore…

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  6. KenH says:

    Macron will likely win the second round since the other parties will gang up on LaPen and tell their supporters to vote for Macron. LaPen has Trump’s moral support for the time being but we know how much that’s worth given his penchant for flip flopping….I mean playing 4D chess.

    If LaPen manages to win then it’s only a matter of time before Jared and princess Ivanka voice their displeasure to Donald the Orange who will claim she is using chemical weapons on children as a basis to stage a color revolution or to fire tomahawk missiles at an airport near the French capitol.

    But the future belongs to the radicals be they of the far right or far left which means a new thirty years type war based not on religion, but political ideology, could erupt throughout Western Europe.

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    If LaPen manages to win then it’s only a matter of time before Jared and princess Ivanka voice their displeasure to Donald the Orange who will claim she is using chemical weapons on children as a basis to stage a color revolution or to fire tomahawk missiles at an airport near the French capitol.
     
    Good one!
    She is getting annoying. As Elvis said and I paraphrase, 'get her out, get her out!'
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  7. Anonym says:

    Across Europe, as in France, center-left and center-right parties that have been on the scene since World War II appear to be emptying out like dying churches. The enthusiasm and energy seem to be in the new parties of left and right, of secessionism and nationalism.

    Nail on the head, Pat. What do they have to offer us except state-enforced suicide? Vote for me because… if you object to dispossession, you’re a bad person? Maybe we might have elected a Jim Jones who could convince us to submit to a single dose of fast-acting Kool-aid. We are not going to vote for a succession of slow-poisoning Jim Joneses with Kool-aid that only kills us off after decades have transpired. And that’s all the uniparty has offered us. It may not have been obvious back in the days of Enoch Powell or your own presidential runs. It is now.

    Churches may have emptied because it’s hard to believe in the Christian God in the modern world. And if people think it’s hard to believe in the Christian God, the axioms of political correctness – that the only people who are evil for favoring their own people are whites, that villains can only be white, and that the only good is in participating in your own genocide – well, not only is that complete and utter bollocks it’s also a pretty hard sell when you think about it. Saul of Tarsus had an easier sell than Horkheimer of Frankfurt in the long run.

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  8. Realist says:
    @Veritatis
    "He won because he is fresh, young, 39, and appealed to French youth as the anti-Le Pen. A personification of Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”

    A good analysis, he is a very curated candidate in the style of Obama, Trudeau, and others. His message, however vacuous it might seem to many, is actually more sophisticated, he is not just "against", he is "for Europe". This is an example of what french educated 20 something's were re twitting excitedly:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/834141496488112128/photo/1

    Macron's campaign speaks vague hopeful nonsense that sounds very wise to young people. He then lets others (defeated rivals included!) speak about the threat posed by LePen. Hillary certainly wasn't as suave.

    I'm afraid Le Pen is like Hillary as a candidate: cerebral, a bit tired, someone who doesn't -can't- catch fire. Her message is clear, but it has a natural ceiling. To surmount that, a charismatic figure is needed.

    A pro-Russia president in Western Europe would have been valuable in the search for a balance of power worldwide. Dommage.

    Macron won because he is the power elite’s choice.

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  9. Stu says:

    “A personification of Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”]

    Given the age of his wife and the time they met, a personification of Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate would seem more apt…..

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  10. naro says:

    Macron will not be elected because he is a 39 years old child representing the wealthy and the big banks, and not the people of France. I also read in many places that he is married to his drama teacher who seduced him when he was 15 years old and she was 39 while she was married with three children. In America we would call such a teacher pedophile, and not suitable to be the first lady of France.

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  11. Z-man says:

    Pat you forgot to mention that the ‘Macron’i’ Rothschild puff boy’ is married to his mommy, LOL!!
    That alone should make him a laughing stock and lose the election, but the Rothschild’s are virulently strong in France and unfortunately he will probably win. Vive La Front Nationale!

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  12. Z-man says:
    @KenH
    Macron will likely win the second round since the other parties will gang up on LaPen and tell their supporters to vote for Macron. LaPen has Trump's moral support for the time being but we know how much that's worth given his penchant for flip flopping....I mean playing 4D chess.

    If LaPen manages to win then it's only a matter of time before Jared and princess Ivanka voice their displeasure to Donald the Orange who will claim she is using chemical weapons on children as a basis to stage a color revolution or to fire tomahawk missiles at an airport near the French capitol.

    But the future belongs to the radicals be they of the far right or far left which means a new thirty years type war based not on religion, but political ideology, could erupt throughout Western Europe.

    If LaPen manages to win then it’s only a matter of time before Jared and princess Ivanka voice their displeasure to Donald the Orange who will claim she is using chemical weapons on children as a basis to stage a color revolution or to fire tomahawk missiles at an airport near the French capitol.

    Good one!
    She is getting annoying. As Elvis said and I paraphrase, ‘get her out, get her out!’

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  13. Z-man says:
    @unit472
    Macron is another technocrat who will pretend Europe's problem is economic and not demographic. He may even believe it. That if GDP can grow at 2 or 3% per year France can muddle through. Of course even achieving that would be difficult given the dirigiste economy they have built but it ignores the 800 lbs demographic gorilla in their midst and just over the Mediterranean Sea. Just 200,000 Muslim immigrants per year will, by 2100, turn France into Algeria circa 1960 and we know what happened to the French colon's in Algeria but there will be no France to return to next time.

    It is astonishing that leftists can view with real alarm the putative disaster their climate change models predict 75 years into the future but refuse to face up to the empirical demographic disaster staring them in the face. Worse, it will not be a gradual increase in sea level or ever milder winters the people of Europe will face but an ever more violent revolt by an ever growing population of hostile foreigners.

    “it ignores the 800 lbs demographic gorilla in their midst and just over the Mediterranean Sea. Just 200,000 Muslim immigrants per year will, by 2100, turn France into Algeria circa 1960 and we know what happened to the French colon’s in Algeria but there will be no France to return to next time.
    It is astonishing that leftists can view with real alarm the putative disaster their climate change models predict 75 years into the future but refuse to face up to the empirical demographic disaster staring them in the face. Worse, it will not be a gradual increase in sea level or ever milder winters the people of Europe will face but an ever more violent revolt by an ever growing population of hostile foreigners.”

    Bien sur! Well said.

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  14. Z-man says:

    Nigel Farage: ‘Emmanuel Macron Is the Enemy’
    “Look, I’ve seen Obama backing Mr. Macron, Mrs. Merkel backing Macron, and the European Commission in Brussels – who are supposed to be neutral – backing Mr. Macron,” he said. “All I would say to you is that this man, Macron, has never been elected to anything; he’s never been tested under fire.”
    “I listened to his speech last night – it was utterly vacuous. He had no policy at all, other than to say he will defend the status quo.”

    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=150675

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  15. What Pat Says:

    1) A growing desire by peoples everywhere to reclaim their national sovereignty and identity…

    2) As the numbers of native-born Europeans begin to fall, with their anemic fertility rates, will the aging Europeans become more magnanimous toward destitute newcomers…

    What Pat Doesn’t Say:

    1) What about the Jews?

    2) Where are the Etruscans?

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  16. OutWest says:

    Poor France. So many immiscible beliefs with a one-size-fits-all outsized government.

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  17. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The Rothschilds and their inbred cousins are cooking WW3 to usher in the NJWO- Satan’s own hates the white race to their bones that’s why Europe and America are being destroyed.

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  18. Agent76 says:

    Jul 18, 2016 The European Union: Part of America’s Imperial Project

    The British people’s decision to leave the European Union shocked the political establishment across Europe and around the globe. Now, Professor Michel Chossudovsky exposes the EU as the imperial project that it always was, and the growing movement against EU domination as an anti-imperial movement of world historical importance.

    Sep 19, 2000 Euro-federalists financed by US spy chiefs

    The documents confirm suspicions voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/1356047/Euro-federalists-financed-by-US-spy-chiefs.html

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  19. Renoman says:

    Just what the World needs, another Fag!

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  20. @Veritatis
    "He won because he is fresh, young, 39, and appealed to French youth as the anti-Le Pen. A personification of Robert Redford in “The Candidate.”

    A good analysis, he is a very curated candidate in the style of Obama, Trudeau, and others. His message, however vacuous it might seem to many, is actually more sophisticated, he is not just "against", he is "for Europe". This is an example of what french educated 20 something's were re twitting excitedly:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/834141496488112128/photo/1

    Macron's campaign speaks vague hopeful nonsense that sounds very wise to young people. He then lets others (defeated rivals included!) speak about the threat posed by LePen. Hillary certainly wasn't as suave.

    I'm afraid Le Pen is like Hillary as a candidate: cerebral, a bit tired, someone who doesn't -can't- catch fire. Her message is clear, but it has a natural ceiling. To surmount that, a charismatic figure is needed.

    A pro-Russia president in Western Europe would have been valuable in the search for a balance of power worldwide. Dommage.

    Macron’s campaign speaks vague, hopeful nonsense that sounds very wise to young people.

    Don’t knock it. It worked for Obama.

    Expect Macron, if he wins, to lecture his compatriots on their white, male privilege and to tour the world “apologising” for his nation’s historical crimes against the third world.

    Does he play golf too?

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