The French are in the process of electing a President. The vagaries of French politics I usually find fairly bewildering, as one might expect from a nation that since 1789 has had a monarchy, three constitutional monarchies, two empires, a fascist state and five republics. The French use a run off system by which the two top candidates, if no candidate gets above 50%, go up against each other. The French finished the first round over the weekend. The two candidates, drum roll, are:
Marine Le Pen of the National Front. She has been compared to Joan of Arc. Well perhaps, if one can imagine a pro-abort Joan of Arc who has been twice divorced and is shacked up with a significant other. The National Front is sort of a Le Pen family business, started by her Daddy Jean-Marie LePen, probably a fascist, who she threw out of the party in 2015 when he made one of the thousands of controversial statements that litter his career. She is widely assumed to be doomed in the run-off, and that is probably the case, although she does recognize that France is in a war with Jihadists, something that most other sectors of French political opinion do their best to ignore.
Emmanuel Macron is a renegade moderate socialist, if there is such an animal. The French establishment has rallied around him to save them from dragon lady Le Pen who might, if elected, actually change the way France has done business since the days of the Sun King, whatever the French government of the day calls itself: heavily centralized rule from Paris, with the rest of France being, at best, a suburb of Paris. He is 39 and his spouse is 64. They met when he was 15 and she was his teacher at a private Jesuit school, married with three kids. Private meetings between them ensued where they no doubt had interesting conversations in the Jesuit manner regarding marital fidelity. They confessed their undying love for each other when he was 16. When he turned 18 she dumped her husband, although in Gallic fashion they did not get married until 2007 after she finally divorced husband the first. During the campaign Macron was accused of having a homosexual relationship with the head of Radio France. He has denied this, and that denial may be correct, because as far as I can ascertain the head of Radio France did not teach at the Jesuit school while he was a student.