Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation analyzed the French presidential election on Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
France is a key player as an ally in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) -- a country that possesses nuclear weapons and the fifth-largest economy in the world, Gonzalez explained. Between the two candidates in Sunday’s runoff election, French voters chose centrist Emmanuel Macron over nationalist Marine Le Pen.
While voters made the better choice, Macron isn’t a silver bullet. “I don’t think Macron is gonna really solve France’s problems,” Gonzalez said. “It matters because we want a strong France, and I don’t think Macron will produce a strong France. Of course having said that, he was undoubtedly a better choice than Le Pen.”
Le Pen’s closeness with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and pro-Iranian tendencies would have posed a danger for the U.S., Gonzalez asserted. The far-right candidate in the race, Le Pen had a nationalist message that resonated with populist voters; she said that France would leave NATO and the European Union if she were elected.
On the other hand, Macron is a progressive and a globalist who once said that “there is no such thing as French culture” in the name of encouraging immigration to France. “He is the candidate of environmentalism; he is the candidate of alternative family structures; he is the candidate of multiculturalism,” Gonzalez explained.