No one expected the youngest presidential candidate who is not even affiliated with one of the major parties to be able to take on Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential race. But that’s exactly what it seems might be happening.
Emmanuel Macron, with his party En Marche! (“Let’s Move!”) has recently been rising in the polls and has momentarily overtaken Marine Le Pen, who has been leading thus far.
Macron, who was previously France’s economic minister under President Francois Hollande, is a centrist candidate. His financial platform falls more on the right, while his social platform falls further to the left (though some argue that he doesn’t have a platform). He’s even said a few radically left things, like that time he called France’s colonial past a “crime against humanity.”
Many people in France have so far been unhappy with the group of candidates, but Macron’s appeal of being innovative, young, and not as associated with the political class seems to be doing well for him. Not to mention that compared to François Fillon and Marine Le Pen, the other two right candidates, Macron has yet to have any scandal bring him down in popularity.