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France’s Big Decision

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🗓️ 22 April 2022

⏱️ 32 minutes

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When they go to the polls on Sunday, voters in France will be faced with the same two presidential candidates as 2017: Emmanuel Macron, the president and a polished centrist, and Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Rally party. Yet the context is different. There is a war in Europe, and the contest is tight. What are the stakes in the runoff election, and how has the race become so close? Guest: Roger Cohen, Paris bureau chief for The New York Times.

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0:00.0

From New York Times, I'm Michael Barrow.

0:04.3

This is Adelaide.

0:13.5

On Sunday, French voters will choose between two candidates for president, with profoundly

0:19.5

different visions for the direction of France, its relationship with a newly-aggressive Russia,

0:26.7

and its role in defending Europe.

0:30.2

I spoke with my colleague, Paris Bureau Chief Roger Cohen, about why the race has become

0:36.4

so close and its stakes so high.

0:43.8

It's Friday, April 22nd.

0:51.8

Roger, the last time we covered a presidential election in France was 2017.

0:56.6

And while our guest on the show was different, not better, just different, the candidates

1:03.8

were exactly the same as they are this year.

1:06.0

Emmanuel Macron, Emory and the Penn.

1:07.9

So tell us what we need to know this time around.

1:12.0

Well, in 2017, Michael, at the last election,

1:15.9

Michelle Amie, thank you.

1:20.0

Emmanuel Macron was a young, come from nowhere candidate, the head of a new party that he

1:27.2

created.

1:28.3

It's the noise of a page of the political life that is in the back of this tournament.

1:35.1

Who promised to change France to install a start-up culture to revitalize the economy?

1:42.5

The better the left, the better the right, and even the better the center.

1:50.2

And to break the old divisions have left and right.

1:53.2

And so he just burst on the scene from nowhere and rode a tide of enthusiasm to victory.

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