Neglecting historical facts and dismissing academic data, Marine Le Pen will hurt France’s economy, its scientific excellence and progressive society, contends Elisabeth Pain of Science Mag. France benefits from the diversity of intellects and ideas that come through its borders, suggests Pain, who adds that French values are inherently antithetical to Le Pen's regressive and bigoted doctrine. The Front National candidate is peddling a reality that dismisses evidence of climate change and France's role in atrocities, which will drag the whole country down, theorizes Pain.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen correctly addresses issues that put a strain on her country, believes Ross Douthat of the New York Times. He ponders that even if her opinions are unpopular, she is right in criticizing the large flow of migrants, the vested interests of the EU and the Euro currency’s flaws. Le Pen has shown herself to be level-headed, having led the purge of far-right bigots from her party, the Front National. She is the only candidate asking the right questions about terrorism and immigrants and would lead France forward, ponders Douthat.