Republic between fear, agony and break

Donald trump predicted that a terrorist attack on a police officer on the Champs elysées will have a negative impact on elections in France, but this did not happen. The US President secretly speculated triumph of marine Le Pen, which eventually allowed him to try on the role of fortune tellers, and strengthened the trend to the right populism. However, the French did not want to play along, and sociologists, which is constantly abused, they were right. Two candidates who were leading in the polls, went in the second round of elections, which will take place on 7 may.

Thus, the competition will be held between Emmanuel Macron and marine Le Pen. It’s not a surprise, and the starting position for the second round could hardly be more unequivocal. Meet two of the enemy from completely opposite vision of France. Voters will have a clear alternative: the macron, who made a career, and strongly advocated a Pro-European policy of modernization and openness, understands the challenges of globalization and, finally, wants to implement structural reforms, which did no President since Francois Mitterrand. Program traffic Rules aimed at breakthrough. The movement appeared only in the last year and kindled the enthusiasm, especially among young French people: “En Marche” — “Forward.”

Le Pen, in turn, in favor of secession, protectionism and a return to the nationalism of the nineteenth century. Where Makron bravely encourages to be optimistic and move to new, which will benefit the country, Le Pen with the slogan “for the people” presents himself as a defender of “true France.” “France for the French”, “We’re home” chanted at her rallies from the English channel to the French Riviera. A spokeswoman for the right-wing populists have taken advantage of the subjective feeling of “alienation” and fear of crime in the suburbs, which at the same time are a source of terror. She talked about the widespread hostility to the Muslims and about the Brussels bureaucracy.

The night before the election it was not about France, not about the election campaign, but the revolution and the resistance of a systemic crisis and changes, and, of course, about freedom, equality and fraternity. The ideals of 1789 are the basis of a fragile society riven by social contradictions, confused by globalization and suffering from the traumas of terrorism. Although the glory of the nation as a political and economic superpower, has significantly injured, France still maintains the reputation of the champion of Europe on self-reflection and cultural debate. The fact that the discussion is imbued with pessimism, and sometimes masochism, the desire to downgrade, is part of the French psyche.

In these spring days the pathos — as well as every five years — thundered through the arena of election campaigns and television studios, but the French did not listen to this idle chatter. A state of emergency and nervousness because of the attacks eat them from the inside. They want to get rid of suffering — with no significant changes. Thus, the last few weeks have shown the country that fluctuates between fear and agony, teetering between depression and rebellion — and which, above all, lost faith in themselves, their politicians and their capabilities.

Say, in the first round of the French choose the heart, the second — head. Never before in the Fifth Republic of disappointment in “the system” was not so strong. Almost all parties now support the Rules — in 2002, Jacques Chirac, when he competed against Jean-Marie Le pen. But 39-year-old the candidate should not disappoint their voters, like Chirac, Sarkozy or Hollande. Because then marine Le Pen really will be in the Elysee Palace.