French presidential elections are a useful barometer for understanding France’s domestic position. Historically, France turns inward in moments of crisis, and after a period of chaos emerges unified and stronger. France is currently at the beginning of an inward turn. The country’s strategic position is weak, its economy is stagnant, and its society is divided. The surge of support for the National Front is a symptom of that division and not a cause of instability. National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen does not have to win the election to affect French politics; she already has. But her chances are also better than most give her credit for. Her performance in the election will provide a glimpse into how France will attempt to face its demons.
France has become the third most powerful country in Europe, but it is weaker than Germany.
France’s economy is in stagnation, and this has created domestic backlash.
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