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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Elitism and Far-Right Advance to Runoff in France
by Stephen Lendman
Former Rothschild & Cie Banque investment banker; Hollande economy, industry and digital affairs minister Emmanuel Macron is strongly favored to become France's next president.
A self-styled centrist, an elitist establishment favorite, he ran as an En Marche! (forward) candidate, the party he formed in April 2016 – favoring continuity, not responsible change.
His pledge to address high unemployment and social injustice, improve relations between French youths and police, stress education, promote gender equality socially and politically, among other domestic issues he discussed are promises made to be ignored if elected.
Internationally, he said "Europe is at the heart of our project. Our responsibility…is to be able to rebuild the European dream" – unattainable for ordinary people under Brussels control, French sovereignty abandoned.
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