RantCrush Top 5: April 24, 2017
Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
Yesterday, the French presidential election took place and it was a tight race–probably the most important and suspense-filled election in France in years. It’s seen as a test of the rise of populism in Europe after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the increase of anti-immigrant and racist views. Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and left-center Emmanuel Macron were the winners of the first round, with Macron in the lead. This means they will go on to the runoff election on May 7.
This is the 1st time in modern French history that neither candidate from the main center-right or center-left party is headed to the runoff https://t.co/1SZ3rXZRgw
— Yasmeen Serhan (@YasmeenSerhan) April 23, 2017
If Macron, a 39-year-old former banker and political newcomer, can defeat Le Pen, that will be a big victory for more liberal values in Europe. Conservative Francois Fillon and socialist Benoît Hamon both admitted defeat when the results started pouring in and immediately urged people to give Macron their vote.
BREAKING: Defeated French conservative Fillon calls on supporters to support centrist Macron against the far-right leader Le Pen.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 23, 2017