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Explainer: What you need to know about France’s presidential election

Sunday’s vote in France is the first round of a presidential election that will determine who runs the European Union’s second-largest economy as the war in Ukraine rages on the bloc’s doorstep.

* WHAT HAPPENS WHEN?

Some 48.7 million are registered to vote. The candidates who finish first and second go through to a runoff vote on April 24.

– 8 a.m. (0600 GMT): voting starts

– 1000 GMT and 1500 GMT: turnout estimates

– 1700 GMT: voting ends in most places

– 1800 GMT: voting ends in big cities

– 1800 GMT: exit polls are published

– Results trickle in through the evening. By late evening, candidates are expected to have admitted defeat or, for the two leading ones, made speeches to rally voters for the runoff.

* WHO WILL WIN?

– Opinion polls favor President Emmanuel Macron to win re-election. But they give him a much narrower edge than when he was elected in 2017 and he is facing stiff competition from the far-right’s Marine Le Pen. Some polls have shown a Le Pen victory within the margin of error.

* WHY DOES IT MATTER?

– The top two candidates, Macron and Le Pen, have very different views of France’s foreign policy and how to deal with Russia, as well as the European Union. They also have very different stances on how to tackle public finances or deal with foreign investors.

A Macron win would mean continuity for France, a Le Pen victory would herald major changes.

– Now that Britain has left the EU, France is the bloc’s main military power. It’s also the undisputed second-biggest economy in the EU, and Angela Merkel’s exit as German chancellor has given Macron a more prominent role in Europe. A Le Pen win could put France on a collision course with its EU partners.

– The French political landscape is still feeling the shockwaves from Macron’s 2017 election, and the reconstruction of both the right and the left will very much depend on how the presidential and parliamentary elections pan out.

* WHAT ARE THE MAIN ISSUES FOR VOTERS?

– Opinion polls show purchasing power is voters’ top concern, amid a huge increase in energy prices and growing inflation. Le Pen has successfully focused her campaign on that.

– The election campaign started amid the war in Ukraine. Polls showed an initial boost for Macron, but that has waned.

– Surveys show voters are unhappy with Macron’s economic policy, but unemployment is at its lowest level in years and those polled don’t think any of his opponents would do better.

– How Macron handled the coronavirus pandemic could also play a role, at a time when restrictions have been largely lifted but the number of COVID-19 cases is growing again.

* WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

– Voter uncertainty. Opinion polls show many are unsure who they will vote for, and turnout could well be much lower than usual, adding more uncertainty.

– A potential upset? Polls have for weeks pointed to Macron leading the first round ahead of Le Pen, with both qualifying for a runoff. The far-left’s Jean-Luc Melenchon polls third, a few points behind Le Pen.

– Deals before a second round. Will the far-right’s Eric Zemmour rally behind Le Pen? Is the “republican front” where whereby mainstream voters end up rallying behind any candidate facing the far-right a thing of the past?

* KEY DATES

April 10 – Presidential election first round

April 24 – Second round held between the top two candidates.

May 13 – The latest day the new president takes office.

June 12 and 19 – Parliamentary election.

(Reporting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Paul Simao and Frances Kerry)

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Explainer: What you need to know about France’s presidential election is written by Wolf Daily for wolfdaily.com

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Nikki Haley Donors Flock to Biden Campaign

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In a stunning display of political opportunism and disloyalty, former supporters of Nikki Haley’s Republican primary campaign have shamelessly defected to Joe Biden’s camp as the presidential election looms. This egregious betrayal not only underscores the depth of moral bankruptcy within certain segments of the GOP but also highlights the duplicitous nature of individuals willing to sacrifice their conservative values for personal gain.

With Donald Trump securing the GOP nomination for November’s presidential election, the stage is set for a fiery rematch between the incumbent Biden and the formidable Trump. However, the Machiavellian maneuvers of former Haley donors reveal a troubling trend of self-serving treachery within the Republican Party.

Haley, once touted as a rising star within the conservative movement, suspended her primary campaign earlier this month following Super Tuesday. Yet, rather than rallying behind the Republican nominee, some of her erstwhile backers have shamelessly switched their allegiance to Biden, driven by a toxic combination of ego and ambition.

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with other prominent donors who had previously supported Haley, have now pledged their support to Biden, betraying not only their former candidate but also the core principles of conservatism. Their actions demonstrate a callous disregard for the values of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility that define the Republican Party.

Rufus Gifford, Biden’s campaign finance chair, has openly admitted to actively courting Haley supporters to join the Democratic cause. This brazen attempt to poach conservative donors underscores the cynicism and opportunism that pervade Biden’s campaign, as he seeks to exploit divisions within the GOP for his own political gain.

While Biden may hypocritically extend an olive branch to Haley supporters, his true intentions are clear: to co-opt and neutralize any opposition to his radical agenda of socialist policies and big government intervention. Those who align themselves with Biden are not only betraying their former candidate but also betraying the conservative movement and the millions of Americans who stand for freedom and prosperity.

In contrast, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there is no room for turncoats within the MAGA movement. His steadfast commitment to America-first policies and conservative principles has earned him the loyalty and support of millions of patriotic Americans who refuse to compromise their values for political expediency.

As the battle lines are drawn for the upcoming election, conservatives must remain vigilant against the insidious influence of traitors within their own ranks. Nikki Haley’s turncoats may seek to undermine the conservative movement, but they will ultimately be remembered as opportunists who sold their souls for a fleeting moment of political relevance.

In the words of President Trump, “We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” It is time for true conservatives to stand united behind the only candidate capable of defending our values and leading our nation forward: Donald J. Trump. Anything less would be a betrayal of everything we hold dear as Americans.

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Democrats Try to Block “Sarah’s Law” From Protecting Americans

Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, encountered fierce resistance from Democratic lawmakers as she made a determined effort to advance Sarah’s Law, a vital piece of legislation aimed at detaining illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes, in a bid to prevent harrowing tragedies like those of Sarah Root and Laken Riley.

Ernst’s proposal, Sarah’s Law, demands that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain illegal immigrants charged with causing death or serious injury to others. The heart-wrenching case of Sarah Root, a 21-year-old from Iowa whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally, Edwin Mejia, serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for such legislation. Despite Mejia’s extensive record of driving offenses and evasion of court proceedings, ICE, citing Obama-era immigration enforcement guidelines, callously declined to detain him.

The recent devastating loss of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student from the University of Georgia, purportedly at the hands of another illegal immigrant, Jose Ibarra, has reignited fervent calls for the enactment of Sarah’s Law. Ibarra faces grave charges, including malice murder and felony murder. The refusal to detain individuals like Ibarra epitomizes the callous disregard for public safety that permeates the current immigration system, leaving innocent lives hanging in the balance.

Ernst’s impassioned plea for unanimous consent to propel Sarah’s Law forward was met with vehement opposition from Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois. Durbin adamantly raised concerns, contending that the bill could inadvertently ensnare victims of trafficking or domestic abuse and trample upon immigrants’ due process rights.

Critics of Sarah’s Law, predominantly Democrats, contend that it might not have averted Riley’s tragic demise, given that Ibarra’s criminal record did not include prior incidents involving death or injury. However, Ernst steadfastly maintains that the prevailing immigration policies, including the notorious “catch and release” practice, perpetuate a climate of impunity, allowing potentially dangerous individuals to roam freely within the country’s borders.

Despite the setback in the Senate, the push for robust immigration enforcement and the enactment of measures like Sarah’s Law continues to encounter fierce opposition from Democratic quarters. The palpable divide underscores the deep-seated ideological chasm regarding immigration reform, intensifying the urgency for decisive action to safeguard the lives and well-being of American citizens.

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Tricky Nikki Wins DC Swamp Primary

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s victory in the Washington, DC, Republican primary election may seem like a cause for celebration among the establishment elites and swamp dwellers, but it’s a grim reminder of the deep-seated betrayal of true conservative values.

In a district notorious for its entrenched establishment and lobbyist influence, Haley managed to eke out a victory over the true America First leader, former President Donald Trump. However, her margin of victory is overshadowed by the fact that it occurred in the heart of “the swamp,” where special interests reign supreme and the will of the American people takes a back seat to political expediency.

Haley’s win, fueled by lobbyist dollars and establishment backing, is a slap in the face to the grassroots movement that propelled Trump to victory in 2016 and continues to support him fervently. Despite her desperate attempts to portray herself as a viable alternative to Trump, Haley’s lackluster performance in her home state of South Carolina and her dismal showing in other primaries only serve to underscore her disconnect from the Republican base.

Her staggering expenditure of over $76 million in a futile bid to defeat Trump in multiple primary states reeks of desperation and underscores her willingness to prioritize personal ambition over principle. It’s abundantly clear that Haley’s allegiance lies not with the conservative values that define the Republican Party but with the entrenched interests of the Washington establishment.

While Haley may cling to the hope of staying competitive in the race, her delusions of grandeur are starkly at odds with reality. Despite her defiant rhetoric, the overwhelming support for Trump among Republican voters across the country leaves little room for doubt about the outcome of the primary race.

As Haley scrambles to salvage her floundering campaign, it’s evident that her aspirations of clinching the nomination are nothing more than a pipe dream. With a paltry 19 delegates to her name and a yawning chasm of over 1,000 delegates separating her from the nomination, Haley’s chances of success are as remote as her understanding of the true pulse of the Republican Party.

In the end, Nikki Haley’s victory in the DC primary may be a hollow triumph for the establishment elites, but it serves as a rallying cry for true conservatives to reject the siren song of political opportunism and stand firm in their support for the America First agenda championed by President Trump. The swamp may celebrate Haley’s win, but the heart and soul of the Republican Party remain firmly with Trump and the principles he represents.

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