'The French Were Always Grumpy. Now They're Angry': Why Le Pen Could Win

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A screen showing projections in the first round of the 2022 French presidential election at Marine Le Pen's campaign headquarters in Paris, on Sunday.
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Ahead of the second round of the French presidential election, our in-house experts on French politics join the podcast to explain what's behind the "great anger" expressed by French voters in the first round, and what President Emmanuel Macron can do in the next 10 days to secure a second term in office.

Emmanuelle Elbaz-Phelps, host of Haaretz's Hebrew-language podcast on the French election, and Haaretz editor and writer Eléonore Weil, share their conversations with family and friends in France, analyze how the upcoming Macron-Le Pen debate could be a game-changer, and predict what a victory by either candidate would mean for French-Israeli relations. They also discuss Le Pen's ties to Russia and the antisemitic legacy of her party and family.

Later on the show, we discuss how a disagreement over the right to eat bread in Israeli hospitals during Passover could end up bringing down Israel's anti-Netanyahu "government of change." Uri Keidar, executive director of Israel Hofsheet, an organization promoting liberal policies on religion and state in Israel, joins the podcast to explain the origins of this crisis. Listen to his conversation with host Amir Tibon, starting at time code 33:45.



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