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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.In the second round of the French election, however, Macron is the one currently enjoying a comfortable lead.Indeed, if you listen to the campaign messages from the National Front and its allies (foreign and domestic), you would think that Macron is responsible for every rain cloud and flat tire in France and Europe. If anything, Macron should be commended for campaigning as its champion, and for being honest about the reforms France needs. Forty years ago, France's GDP was about 9 percent larger than the United Kingdom's; today, it is smaller. Those who have distanced themselves as much from Macron as from Le Pen in the name of French workers clearly have their priorities mixed up.
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