Now that I have French citizenship, I am looking forward to exercising my right to vote, but I'm disappointed in my options. Ideologically I am a liberal in both the American and European meaning of the the world. I voted for Alain Juppé in the Republican primary, of course he lost and I've cast about for another candidate as I find Fillon despicable. La Pen won't win and even if she did, the National Front would not get a majority in parliament and under the French system she would be very weak. Hopefully Fillon will be indicted and will withdraw.
Hollande's decision not to run for re-election had me hoping that Manuel Valls might obtain the Socialist nomination, as I've been impressed with his focus on business and job creation. Alas he lost to Hamon, who is a traditional Socialist who will do nothing to modernize the economy. Now I'm considering Emmanuel Macron, a former Socialist who left the party to run as the presidential candidate for En Marche!, a political movement that is trying to morph into a party. He though will have the same problem as La Pen, in that it is doubtful that En Marche! can win control of parliament.