This is a good article from the UK’s Guardian/Observer. It argues that with a week until the final poll, French voters face a choice between the unpalatable and the unacceptable
Source: Fear of neofascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen | World news | The Guardian
The article concludes that fear of Le Pen plunging France into a dark neo fascist regime is stronger than recognition of Macron’s strengths. Perhaps, Macron supporters can see his qualities clearly but other voters will be motivated by fear of Le Pen.
Whilst this blog accepts Macron’s political inexperience, youth and questionable policies, it recognizes that a vote for Le Pen would risk the evils of neofascism like in the thirties, under Mussolini and Hitler.
Despite this Guardian report brought to us by Dr AlfI think this French election is still too close to call.
The comparisons between Mussolini and Hitler and Marine Le Pen would be accurate if we were talking about her father the Holocaust denier and belittler.
In her case troublesome Muslims and Jihadists seem to be the object of her disdain rather than anyone else.
Fortunately,the 1930’s were a long time ago and the risks posed by Marine Le Pen are of a France trying to pretend that it can “punch above its weight” working with America to try and control Mali and mineral rich parts of Africa in preference to the Chinese who have just built a naval base at Djibuti.
Macron is still the favourite but if he does win the margin will be small and the Greek bailout and PIIGS problems still point to the splitting of the EU.