- Jul 12, 2020
When France returns to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president, they face a choice between two outsiders. One – Marine Le Pen – offers a protectionist, nativist response to the crisis of globalization. The other – Emmanuel Macron – seeks a new, deeper engagement with the European Union, making globalization work for France.
On Sunday the French people went to vote for the first round of presidential elections and left-leaning Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen, were the victors. Ahead of the final face off on May 7 Catholic voters are divided regarding who should win.
In an interview with a French daily, National Front presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, said that while she understands why Pope Francis speaks of charity to immigrants and refugees, she does not believe that he nor the French bishops should interfere with the state’s policies. She said, “charity should only be personal.”
François Fillon, the openly Catholic republican candidate to the presidency, has been entangled in a scandal that claims he gave family members fake government jobs. But as Fillon says goodbye to the Elisée Palace, the newly awakened French Catholics are left orphaned.
In private meeting with French political representatives, Pope Francis stressed that seeking dialogue and the common good is essential in times when the country is torn by fear. The pope’s words are even more important as France will be holding presidential elections next year.