Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, April 24
The ultranationalist Marine Le Pen is now on the doorstep of the Elysée Palace. She’s a woman with a clear profile. Even if she says she’s neither left nor right, her basic stance is on the far right of the political spectrum: the strong state gives the orders, it’s the people’s job to obey. There’s little room for freedom or personal responsibility….
The polls are predicting a clear defeat for Le Pen in the second round of these presidential elections on May 7. But the “Front républicain” against the far right can no longer be relied on and a victory for Le Pen is now possible – if enough conservatives defect to her camp and a sufficient number of disappointed leftists abstain from voting. To beat Le Pen in a convincing way, Macron will have to sharpen his profile. It’s not enough just to look nice.