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Analyzing France's Upcoming Presidential Election

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The voters of France will go to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president. After a preliminary ballot over the weekend, the choice has been narrowed down to two candidates - right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen and Independent Emmanuel Macron, who now holds a big lead in the polls and is expected to win next month.

For more on the issues and the candidates we spoke to University at Albany Associate Professor of History Rick Fogarty, who also serves as Associate Dean for General Education. Professor Fogarty, lived and studied in France and returns there on occasion, profiles the candidates, beginning with Macron. 

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