That is precisely what My-Reason-For-Living-In-France and I are doing as we nervously watch the news for the soon to be released returns from the first phase of the French presidential elections.
I give you my word: I will get back to my raison d’être in this space and my areas of experience and expertise — politics not being one of them — this week.
Thank you for all of your thoughtful, interesting comments. You’re probably correct, I should just stay out of it, but I got involved here because I cannot vote and know perfectly well that I’m not influencing votes. I was simply having an open conversation with you. Since I’ve lived in France some 30 years, I’m allowing myself this liberty since I do love this country.
Your concern about the age difference between Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, which apparently began as a crush when he was a junior in high school and she was his teacher, never became a scandal in France (as far as I know). Perhaps it is because it is not clear/not public knowledge when crush became more. This New York Times editorial sheds some light.
Really, my interest in these elections is because everyone I know is concerned about some candidates’ proposals to abandon the European Union.
If you’re interested, click here and you’ll see the positions of some of the candidates.
I have never heard or read anything concerning Macron’s policies that indicate he would rule by decree. That would be shocking.
Duchesse, you are so adorable to suggest I would appreciate Macron for more than the superficial. I absolutely do.
Ed. Note: As for correcting me, please do not hesitate to do so. I truly appreciate it when you catch something amiss. I cannot believe I wrote “duel” instead of “dual” — thank you Caroline. (Next time please try to correct me sooner so everyone doesn’t read me and think I’m completely stupid. Merci par avance.)