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Le Pen vs Macron: French Election 2017 | IN 60 SECONDS


On the 7th of May, France will hold the most important presidential election in the history of the Fifth Republic. After decades of elections fought between nearly identical center-left and center-right candidates, the French have a choice between two political outsiders: the centrist Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front. Macron, who never held elected office before, claims to be neither on the political left nor right. He promises deep economic reforms, liberalization, supports the European Union, and he’s the only one of the four leading candidates to openly criticize Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. A Le Pen presidency would be very different. At home, it would mean a return to heavy-handed industrial policy and protectionism. Internationally, it would mean cozying up to the Kremlin, which has supported Le Pen’s campaign both verbally and financially. It could mean France’s exit from the EU and from NATO – essentially the end of the postwar political order in Europe. The choice facing French voters could not be starker. What do you think about the French election? Let us know in your comments, and let us also know what other topics you’d like AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.

100 Comments

  1. Erik Nielsen
    Erik Nielsen April 23, 2017

    I think that LePenn is what France needs. The French people need to take back their country from the Globalist and do what needs to be done for France and don't worry about the EUROPEAN Union. it's destroying the national identity of the French people.

  2. Erik Nielsen
    Erik Nielsen April 23, 2017

    Germany couldn't take over Europe by force, so they're trying to do it without a war and just have everyone sign over their sovereignty because it's what The German Globalist Eleit want.

  3. Alfons Mamrd
    Alfons Mamrd April 24, 2017

    next president Ali Baba

  4. Cpt-Haddock
    Cpt-Haddock April 24, 2017

    french election it's bullshit !!! false democratie

  5. rkb100100
    rkb100100 April 24, 2017

    There will likely be no 6th Republic.

  6. Ivan Evanow
    Ivan Evanow April 24, 2017

    you must support lipen because 666 coded on 1 $ and 1 euro and call you to hell. macron is system satanic candidateis homosexual, homosexual direct to 7 hell. macron is friend of satan and liar. we must, with help lipen, destroy eu -this is jihad on the way of Allah -destroy satanic dictatorship,and sharia laws-elect less evil, and we must less sin.

  7. Wayne MacDonald
    Wayne MacDonald April 24, 2017

    Why do you call Le Pen a hard-right candidate when her economic platform (as you've described it) is hard-left?

  8. Randy H
    Randy H April 24, 2017

    100k subs and no one respects you
    you deserve it, heart of the cucks

  9. Sunz Rising
    Sunz Rising April 24, 2017

    I live in Trumpdum, mission accomplished= take from people by distraction of hating Immigrants. Inadequate money, no good jobs, no access to opportunities, rampant racism. BUT the rich and the super rich happy as ever. I know, I'm here, I see it everyday.

  10. 1gil2Kill
    1gil2Kill April 24, 2017

    Le Pen will be the first female President of France. Be proud. She isn't Hillary Clinton, the Soros funded funeral march of her career is still affecting politics today and it may be over in the near future.

  11. Patrick Martin
    Patrick Martin April 24, 2017

    What would we like in 60 seconds…how about the un-bias truth, that would be nice!

  12. Pépé 77230
    Pépé 77230 April 24, 2017

    FREXIT FREXIT FREXIT!!!

  13. OSCAR HERNAN MIJARES BENAVIDES
    OSCAR HERNAN MIJARES BENAVIDES April 24, 2017

    Macron"

  14. Joseph Lavezzo
    Joseph Lavezzo April 24, 2017

    I am for Le Pen. For France

  15. John Thomas
    John Thomas April 24, 2017

    I believe if France wants to survive as a nation the only choice is Le Pen. Muslim's are going to breed out the French in the near future if anyone other then Le Pen wins. In order to save France the refugees must be made to return home, there is no other way.

  16. jenni431
    jenni431 April 24, 2017

    We want France back and we want Marine Le Pen!!!!!

  17. Alētheias
    Alētheias April 24, 2017

    What do I think? I think that the announcer is very biased against Le Pen and that bias does not give me hope for the future of journalism. If you are going to be so biased, please say that from the beginning and stop insulting our intelligence with subtleties.

  18. chappy0061
    chappy0061 April 24, 2017

    Wow, a "centrist" candidate who only preaches leftist policies? Seems legit.

  19. audrey ann
    audrey ann April 24, 2017

    Le Pen.. All the way!

  20. splashplan bike
    splashplan bike April 24, 2017

    As an American there's nothing less I want to see than a Europe that isn't European. More over it would appear that the EU does not represent the will of the people's from whom it supposedly retains power from. I hope Le Pen wins in order to show the globalist forces they cannot have their cake and eat it to.

  21. G.T.O. Momma
    G.T.O. Momma April 24, 2017

    This guy sounds like CNN. Obviously a left leaning shill. Why make Putin out to be the boogeyman ? When all know the real boogeymen are the banksters and the NWO Satanic Left Pedophiles. Putin is loved by his citizens, just like Assad is. Western Media is corrupted and stupid, but nice try. Viva LA Pen 🍸

  22. Royal w/ cheese
    Royal w/ cheese April 24, 2017

    le pen is mightier then the sword

  23. usakindatheart flower
    usakindatheart flower April 24, 2017

    this guy personal opinion is bullshit. and he needs to swallow his spit when he speaks

  24. Erb Stank
    Erb Stank April 24, 2017

    Please thumb down this video so the globalists running the establishment media realize what a bunch of sewer vermin they really are. vive la France vive Le Pen.

  25. Chicort 68
    Chicort 68 April 24, 2017

    On est chez nous ! Marine présidente !!

  26. Anne Mack
    Anne Mack April 24, 2017

    as an at present Earth dweller, …Le Pen! ..all the way!!

  27. Mozgus -Old Account-
    Mozgus -Old Account- April 24, 2017

    Biased as fuck here.

  28. Valide Safiye Sultan
    Valide Safiye Sultan April 24, 2017

    #Macron2017

  29. Valide Safiye Sultan
    Valide Safiye Sultan April 24, 2017

    what I learned about french election? That americans are more butthurt than the french themselves. Stop influencing other countries, its not VIetnam.

  30. PlanetLuthian
    PlanetLuthian April 24, 2017

    Macron = Obama with documentation
    Le Pen = Trump with brains and class

    Le Pen for the win!

  31. Young Dro
    Young Dro April 24, 2017

    Fuck Le Pen

  32. Fac Totum
    Fac Totum April 24, 2017

    French Election 2017 | IN 5 SECONDS
    Fillon has lost france is fucked

  33. Kipper
    Kipper April 24, 2017

    I see a similarity to the US elections where there were so many undecided voters at the last minute. The media said that it showed people were still wavering, I think it shows that they are in support of the candidate that is being painted in the worst light by the media and they dont want to say it publicly as they are a little embarrassed. In the US it was Donald Trump. In France, I suspect it may be Le Pen.

  34. Stephen Brockie
    Stephen Brockie April 24, 2017

    wait… exiting NATO? 🤔

  35. Mkiv_Bangbros
    Mkiv_Bangbros April 24, 2017

    Really hope France gets a leader they need. I don't follow the election but I can see France is in a pretty unstable time. Hope they get a strong leader who can straighten the wonderful country out. Hope to visit soon without the hesitation of danger. Best of luck France 🙏🏼

  36. Joe Cebu
    Joe Cebu April 24, 2017

    I hope that Le Pen wins.

  37. repentie inconnue doe
    repentie inconnue doe April 24, 2017

    les Français sont raciste

  38. fraises
    fraises April 24, 2017

    MARINE FOREVER

  39. Mads V
    Mads V April 24, 2017

    I am not from France, but Scandinavia. Please no NOT vote for him.
    Macron: Has said that Europe have to get used to a big immigration. Have praised Angela Merkel's open door policy. Nevertheless, supports language requirements.

    Le Pen: Immigration policy is considered one of her strongest political cards. Closing the boundaries is perhaps her foremost electoral promise. Have praised and supported Donald Trump.

    Europe will be destroyed so bad if he become president.

  40. kefuf
    kefuf April 24, 2017

    je suis français si marine le pen est au pouvoir se serait la fin de notre pays

  41. Jonny W
    Jonny W April 24, 2017

    Wow… What an incredible distortion of facts in 60 seconds. Joker

  42. Ju
    Ju April 24, 2017

    Whenever I look at youtube comments it feels like the world is for Le Pen and I get anxious for nothing because in the end the rational people don't express themselves on youtube, but they still vote.

  43. mrruud0101
    mrruud0101 April 24, 2017

    Macron the man with ''no opinion'', a real neo liberal sneaky elite-boy,
    fooling the French people again and again…
    Wake up France!

  44. Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy
    Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy April 24, 2017

    Do you want one in three people in France to be Muslim by 2050? Because that's what will happen if something isn't done. At a certain point, it ceases to be France if there are so few French people, doesn't it? And this isn't even mentioning the terror attacks problem. No, Le Pen must win. Fillon was my choice because of his conservative economics and solid stance on immigration, but now it's up to Le Pen.

  45. Tychoxi
    Tychoxi April 24, 2017

    so fun to see all the duped brexiters and trumpsters over here!

  46. Ambassador of Truth
    Ambassador of Truth April 24, 2017

    If Le Pen doesn't win my next post will be
    RIP FRANCE!

  47. FACEPALM99
    FACEPALM99 April 24, 2017

    LE PEN FOR PRESIDENT

  48. Taylor Britton
    Taylor Britton April 24, 2017

    only 60 seconds and your globalism is showing

  49. Jenny S
    Jenny S April 24, 2017

    Why is there so much stupidity in this comment section?
    Is it so hard to inform yourself before literally posting trash?
    And if you do, do it versatile. Dont just follow the demagogue and pick up their opinion.
    Have your own, but most important, please, THINK.
    Yes, clearly I am judging, but mostly on the fact that some people have the urge to clutch on their opinion without even seeing another point of view or informing theirselves on important political issues.
    Isn't it obvious that difficult Problems most likely are not compatibel with easy solutions?
    There are enough that only follow someone, without any instinct of criticism. I am not saying you should criticise every single action nor speech, but you should think about the future. Not only yours.

    Thank you.

  50. John Whalen, Jr.
    John Whalen, Jr. April 24, 2017

    This reeks of fake news. The sensible choice could not be clearer, LePen should be the first woman president of France.

  51. dan Cal
    dan Cal April 24, 2017

    NO Lepen NO Macron

  52. Patriotic Warrior
    Patriotic Warrior April 24, 2017

    FRANCE WILL DIE SOON ISLAM WILL RULE FRANCE LOL GO MACRON GO

  53. RonhillUltra
    RonhillUltra April 24, 2017

    I know this sounds crazy. But hear me out…
    I think Putin is resurrecting 1938 Nazi party and is funding them to run for elections all over US and EU. Also omnipresent Russian hackers are rigging elections everywhere.
    Think about it… that is why you keep hearing about Nazi's all of a sudden.

  54. CyanideSovereign
    CyanideSovereign April 24, 2017

    Le Pen is mightier than (Enter Name Here)

  55. Chris CM
    Chris CM April 24, 2017

    LE PEN IS RAY-SIS LE PEN IS RAY-SIS isn't that what they should be saying

  56. ms
    ms April 24, 2017

    Macron is a puppet, vote Le Pen

  57. 130starfish
    130starfish April 24, 2017

    Could you be any more biased ?  I hope the French can see through this B.S. ( Merde)

  58. RubberDucky999
    RubberDucky999 April 24, 2017

    These comments reek of fascism

  59. Beef Chavez
    Beef Chavez April 24, 2017

    Why would the French elect a guy called "Macaroni"?

  60. vsl brother
    vsl brother April 24, 2017

    Le Pen 2017!

  61. bandgeekforlife
    bandgeekforlife April 25, 2017

    AEI- In case you couldn't tell, your viewers get their information from more than one source. Consequently, many of us have read or heard about the French Election from other places, and we know that your representation of the candidates is somewhat misleading. This is why the like/dislike ratio is so unfavorable. I don't appreciate it when the mainstream media spins a story, and I don't appreciate it when you do it, either.

  62. Ryan Cox
    Ryan Cox April 25, 2017

    I don't know jack shit about French politics, but if Macron is a socialist and supports the EU, then Le Pen all the fucking way! WOOOOOO

  63. Kyle Gene
    Kyle Gene April 25, 2017

    I remember watching Le Pen's interview with a French reporter, in the which Le Pen said "I am the anti-Merkel candidate, we couldn't be more different"
    Once I heard that I've loved Le Pen, Viva La France!

  64. Eric adolphus
    Eric adolphus April 25, 2017

    Frenchmen dont be fooled, Macron is the biggest establishment puppet their is, he is an investment banker who cares only for profits and control, he will sell you out to gain more power for himself in the EU. Dont let you beautiful nation be torn apart, vote Le Pen!

  65. Nikhilesh Surve
    Nikhilesh Surve April 25, 2017

    Hopefully Le Pen would win.
    All the female president supporters are now nowhere to be seen. Those who suggested misogyny played a role in Clinton's defeat now want the leading female candidate of France to lose. Now it's not about the gender but policies since the female candidate is not of their taste. So, they all want the male candidate to win. They should be similarly called out as sexist & misogynist for not supporting her. I'd like to see them defend that after drawing comparisons to their similar accusations & name calling of those not supporting or not voting for Clinton.

  66. J S
    J S April 25, 2017

    Macron, France answer to George Osborne.
    The greatest regret for the French?
    The gigantic public deficit thats about to happen.
    Remember what happens when bankers control politics.
    Bye Bye France

  67. Michael K
    Michael K April 25, 2017

    Macron from the House of Rothschild!?!? Of course he will fight the establishment and protect ordinary French!!!

  68. Vinzguile
    Vinzguile April 25, 2017

    I am French and the best solution is LE PEN

  69. ChuckS481
    ChuckS481 April 25, 2017

    The French should vote for Marine Le Pen because she will not put up with any nonsense…and leave the EU. She will save France from the Burdens of Mass Immigration and bring France to its original National Identity.

  70. PBZ
    PBZ April 26, 2017

    Poor France, Jean Luc melenchon !

  71. 1gil2Kill
    1gil2Kill April 26, 2017

    blah blah blah

  72. S Lo
    S Lo April 26, 2017

    The frame of Le Pen holding hand with Putin is great.

    If I would report about the election for Russia, I would describe Putin as right wing politician like Le Pen. He really is one.

  73. Craig Atkinson
    Craig Atkinson April 27, 2017

    Fuck le pen

  74. Mike Harrison
    Mike Harrison April 27, 2017

    LE PEN is the centrist and Macron is the far far far left.

  75. Aurélie
    Aurélie April 27, 2017

    I'm not sure it's THE most important… -_-

  76. Junk Booger
    Junk Booger April 28, 2017

    Le Pen will be the best thing happening to France in 20 years. Viva La Le Pen!

  77. nick cainski
    nick cainski April 28, 2017

    Macron is a Rothschild servant.His job will be to help destroy France and make it even more a slave to the Rothschild New World Order!

  78. Szakacs Fulop
    Szakacs Fulop April 28, 2017

    biased video

  79. Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith April 28, 2017

    Le Pen will win !!! She has to win if France has to survive !!!

  80. Travis McDaniel
    Travis McDaniel April 29, 2017

    The EU must be destroyed by any means necessary.

  81. Swind Pendulum
    Swind Pendulum April 30, 2017

    We all know that French never will choose Le Pen as President. French have chosen to have Macron as the next President, the weakest of all candidates. France is going to be the same under Macron, another 5 years of catastrophic foreign and immigration policies. More Muslims and more Africans are going to be invited from the newly elected President. France will go down in history as a nation that only knows how to surrender.
    French people are going to die with a Muslim d!ck stuck in their throats but they won't vote for Le Pen.
    France will disintegrate under heavy divisions of "have and have not" and under "you are French or you are not French" Too many years of slack politic, too many years of bad immigration policies. People of Europe are going to jump from this sinking ship.

  82. Uka
    Uka April 30, 2017

    #MarineLePen2017

  83. Ben Jerry
    Ben Jerry May 1, 2017

    Le Pen means choice, Macron means more of the same misery for the next 6 Years. If you French don't vote Le Pen then you will never know freedom. It will be a faded memory.

  84. Louis Linardo
    Louis Linardo May 2, 2017

    MACRON=ESETABLISHMENT

  85. SwordOF Truth
    SwordOF Truth May 2, 2017

    le Penn! !!!!

  86. serbanmike
    serbanmike May 5, 2017

    Let the French regain their liberties and freedoms as a nation.Let them regain  their right to control their borders, and  enjoy their rich cultural upbringing.Let the French be French again.

  87. PRE CBS FENDER
    PRE CBS FENDER May 5, 2017

    France is so politically correct, they've become dangerous to themselves. Macron is a glutton for Sharia punishment..

  88. Mario Bojorquez
    Mario Bojorquez May 6, 2017

    Le Pen!!

  89. Dread Pirate Roberts
    Dread Pirate Roberts May 6, 2017

    The truth is France is fucked if le pen doesn't win!!!!

  90. C Liberty
    C Liberty May 6, 2017

    DO NOT BELIEVE THE POLLS with Macron ahead. He has the mainstream media on his side! Sound familiar??
    FUCK MACRON! Globalist sack of shit!

    VOTE LePEN if you want to see your country continue to be FRANCE!
    #LePen

  91. Gary Wood
    Gary Wood May 6, 2017

    Blaming everything on Russia is getting old. Russia is going to have nothing to do with 99% of policies a western country pursues. It shouldn't be something that affects anyone voting.

  92. Ann Meyer
    Ann Meyer May 7, 2017

    It seems to me, each European country (or any group of countries) should first, equally honor the voices of its tax paying citizens.  A pact (shared values) defines rules for participation and accountability for each country. Otherwise, an attempt of globalism, without such a pact, is nothing more than dictatorship such as; Catstro and Bin Laden.

  93. Ivan Helovanitch
    Ivan Helovanitch May 8, 2017

    The Rothchilds have now got their own puppet in,that will stop the french from leaving the EU.

  94. Pete Smith
    Pete Smith May 8, 2017

    Chatter all across the internet indicates that criminals, terrorist are planning to go to France using the Liberal Migration policies to rape French women who are prohibited from protecting themselves. and to commit other violent crimes. Ordinary French Citizens are unable to protect themselves with a personal defense gun. Ordinary French citizens do not care about their safety as the elite are able to hire the best-armed bodyguards. Viva France.
    The people with common sense are amazed at the ineptitude of their choice to Protect France.

  95. Pete Smith
    Pete Smith May 8, 2017

    The first thing Macron is going to do is raise taxes in the name of France.

  96. Ink Black
    Ink Black May 8, 2017

    Why done France. Le Twat can fuck off for now.

  97. Tristan Lau
    Tristan Lau May 15, 2017

    All you Americans just stop projecting your political views in your country into another country. You can't understand the situation in France cuz you people are so ignorant and ethnocentric.

  98. Sean Derek
    Sean Derek June 19, 2017

    Turn down that stupid bell at the end

  99. Angel Caban
    Angel Caban July 10, 2017

    Awsome channel

  100. Tic Toc
    Tic Toc June 30, 2018

    Hello our American / English / Canadian / Australian neighbors! I am French and Macron is just the worst candidate of all. Marine Le Pen was really a chance for France. She is a frank, courageous woman who fights her ideas, and who expresses herself perfectly in spoken form. She has also been a lawyer at the Bareau de Paris. Many accuse her of racism because she is against immigration, but people do not understand that immigration is a problem for us. The opening of the borders allowed the terrorists to enter our territory! There are also many reasons why we are against immigration. In the comments, you will be told that the National Front is a Nazi party, but this is false because Marine Le Pen is in a relationship with a Jew and his father, founder of the party, was resistant during the Second World War! Hoping that Marine will become president in 2022, because insecurity reigns and Macron has no counter-terrorism program! In addition, Marine Le Pen was 1000 times more democratic than Macron because it wanted to establish the referendum of popular initiative! In short, the French have been stupid!
    Thank you Google Translate !
    Good-bye !

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