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The Moral Imperative to Support Macron

Although current polls suggest that Emmanuel Macron will win the French presidential election handily, he has not yet secured his place in the Élysée Palace. Relativism and anti-establishment sentiments are on the rise, and some forecasts predict a surge in abstention rates among potential Macron voters.

BRUSSELS – As the two names on the French presidential election’s second-round ballot make clear, a political paradigm shift is underway in Europe. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen represent alternative worldviews that depart from, and transcend, the traditional left-right divide.

Recent elections elsewhere in Europe have also pitted progressive, free-market, pro-European parties against nationalistic populist movements. But in a country as important to Europe’s future as France, the stakes could not be higher. Those who wish to tear apart the European Union are well aware of this. Russian hackers have launched numerous cyberattacks against the website of Macron’s En marche ! movement, and the Kremlin is publicly supporting Le Pen.

Many French voters still seem unaware of the geopolitical dynamics at work in their country’s election. And yet a grave responsibility rests upon their shoulders. Indeed, the fate of the EU – and the West – is in their hands.

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