Politics Podcast: Why A Once-Fringe Candidate Is Now A Serious Contender For The French Presidency

On Sunday, French voters will go to the polls again to elect their president for the next five years. After narrowing down the list of candidates in the first round on April 10, voters will choose between incumbent, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. This runoff will serve as a repeat of the election five years ago, when a relatively unknown Macron won two-thirds of the vote. This time, however, the race appears to be much closer. According to POLITICO Europes “poll of polls‘, 55 percent support Macron and 45 percent Le Pen.

In this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, Galen Druke speaks to POLITICO Europe Cornelius Hirsch and Clea Caulcutt about the dynamics of the election campaign. With Macron occupying the center of the political spectrum in France and focusing on cooperation between European nations, opposition parties have moved towards a nationalist, populist agenda.

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