What’s Happening in the French Election?

After a harrowing election in the United States, many are left wondering what will happen with the French presidential election coming up on April 23.

The current French president, François Hollande, announced last week that he would not run for re-election, even though he could have had another term as president. Hollande’s popularity, and the popularity of the socialist party that he belongs to, is majorly decreasing, leaving the French with basically two choices for president: conservative or really conservative.

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Could France follow in the footsteps of the United States and elect the extreme right-wing Front National party leader Marine Le Pen? It’s very possible.

The Republican party in France held their primary in late November and picked conservative lawyer François Fillon as their candidate. Because of the socialist party’s decline in popularity, the fight for the presidency will most likely be between Le Pen and Fillon, two ultra-conservative political leaders. The French socialist candidate will not be chosen until their primary election in January.