“Qui vivra verra,” a famous French proverb which when translated in English, it says: the future will tell.
After Sunday’s first round results, two of the four contenders have been knock off contention in the hotly-anticipated presidential elections in France. The race has been reduce only to a toss between the Eurosceptic, Marine Le Pen and the more fervent pro-European centrist, Emmanuel Macron, with each candidate parading different sets of plans for the struggling French nation.
Consequently, the decisive final face off in May 7 will not just carve the next highest political leader in the history books but will determine hugely the future of the 28-nation bloc, the European Union.
But for now, only the future will tell.
Two Diverged Roads
Literally, these two presidential candidates, Le Pen and Macron, are set to carry France and the European Union in two separate roads, with the former vowing to make a carbon copy of the controversial exit of Great Britain the bloc while the latter offering the union a golden chance to rebound.
Basically, a win for Le Pen will mean separation in EU, a move that would send the bloc crashing back to earth while the prospect of Macron will strengthen France’s position in the continent.
The continental bloc has been ringing the alarm since the United Kingdom signed the referendum back in June last year and the idea of another controversial move could be a bitter pill to swallow for the organization that is already bombarded with issues of sluggish economic growth, migrant crisis and a number of rebellions from its capitals.
Le Pen is serious about her anti-immigration agenda, assuring that the France nation will belong to French people alone, a view analysts believed that she could be a female counterpart of the US President Donald Trump.
On the other hand, liberal and former economy minister, Macron, has promised to revive the Franco-German motor, a possible boost for the EU and opens France’s door to the rest of the world.
Will EU benefit from the results of French election? Or will it receive a cruel fate?
Answer is ‘Qui vivra verra.’