Macron polled 2% more than Le Pen.In round number 24% v 22% I don't doubt that the shooting in the Champs Élysées garnered Len Pen a fair few votes. I think the timing of that was suspect. One reason she's done so well is the inept performance of the Hollande government but ordinarily you'd have to bet on Macron winning BUT..one thing that could cause a surge of support for Le Pen is a major terrorist attack and ISIS have several weeks to plan one.I actually said to my wife a week or so ago that it wouldn't surprise me if there was a terrorist attack just prior to today's election. ISIS know ,of course, that Le Pen is anti Islam..ban the burka,niqab,head scarf, ban sharia councils ban muslim schools, close Paris mosques and no doubt other such policies I'm not aware of .She's compared the instances when muslims have blocked Paris streets for Friday prayers as akin to Nazi occupation.
The aim of ISIS,one of them,is to create division in western countries and either attacks by their followers or attacks inspired by them are designed to polarise Western European societies. Muslims v the rest so carrying out a major attack would probably see Le Pen as President whose policies will do just that.
Junker has already congratulated Macron,who is a staunch Europhile ,which is to be expected but maybe it's a congratulation Macron could do without. Should Macron win that will be good for markets. He is a former banker,economic liberal,wants to reduce corporate and wealth taxes,cut public spending by 64billion Euros,have strong EU borders (so do away with Schengen ? ) and a united European policy,whatever that means..in a way that wouldn't adversely affect countries like Greece. On religion he thinks France can cope with Islam and it's not a problem so is against any discriminatory policies towards muslims of which there are 5 million in France.7.5% compared to the UK 4.8% Germany 5.8%.. He's actually said that France's colonial legacy in Algeria is a 'crime against humanity'.
Been a busy weekend for me. Looking forward to Thursday's Q1 statement.
Times they are a changing, anything could happen ................when Trump was trying to take over Aberdeen a few years ago I never thought for one moment he would be president of the US. Neither did Alex Salmon.
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