As if we already had enough elections. One of the most highly covered elections this past semester was the French presidential election. For the political nerd like me, I was able to discuss the elections with online friends who are more affected by it (i..e living in France, EU.) However, I was more surprised to see my fellow everyday Americans discussing about the French politics.
It feels weird knowing how much populism is affecting a majority of the Western democratic countries, but it feels much weirder to see casual Americans discussing about it. It’s hard to keep up with what’s going on in our own political system alone. This is definitely one of the signs of an increasingly globalized community, where major events happening elsewhere is indeed a discussion point with our everyday neighbors.
My thoughts were on the side of those who have concerns with Marine Le Pen, but I was also preparing myself to not be shock if she wins because events like Brexit and the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections have demonstrated that any outcome is possible and likely. Overall, I was glad to see Macron win.
One thing that was coming up in my newsfeed was Macron’s address to American scientists, who were concern of the current events regarding the current administration’s plan to strip back funding and supporting for endeavors relating to climate change. It was smart of him to try to attract these disenfranchised scientists since renewable and sustainable energy are smart investments for any country to make. Whether or not we could see a brain drain as other countries are trying to woo American scientists would be an interesting event to cover.