It's election day in France. Round One commenced at 8 AM this morning; polls close at 7 PM. The first exit polls will be released at 8 PM. If one candidate wins over 50% of the vote, he/she is declared the winner. That rarely happens and most certainly will not happen this year. The two candidates with the most votes will move on to Round Two on May 7th.
Emmanuel Macron Independent centrist
Marine Le Pen Front Nationale far right
No one is making any predictions, but Macron and Le Pen seem the most likely to move on to Round Two. The other two front runners are Francois Fillon, Republican right and Jean-Luc Melenchon, La France Insoumise far left. Really, it's anyone's guess which two will prevail. If you're interested in a brief summary of each candidates' qualifications and policy proposals, the BBC has provided an easy-to-follow article. This is an extremely important election for France as well as Europe. People here want change; they are tired of Francois Hollande's ineffectual government. Popularism is widespread. Hopefully, the French will take a lesson from American politics and Brexit: be careful about the change you wish for. You might just get it and then have to suffer the consequences!
Fun event this week on my friend, Caroline's terrace. She hosted Terry Tippett of Fleurs de Terry, who came and set up lots of perennials for us to 'ooh' and 'aah' over...and purchase, of course. Not only were the plants lovely, but Terry was a wealth of information which she was only too happy to share. My unique needs didn't phase her a bit. I needed plants that would grow in pots, take shade for most of the day except for a few hours in the afternoon when they would be exposed to the hot sun. I picked out several before succumbing to Caroline's tasty treats...orange drizzle bread and carrot cake accompanied by a nice cup of English tea. Delightful afternoon!
This morning I had my work cut out for me, but all my lovely plants are now potted, watered and soaking up the warm April afternoon sun on my terrace.