'Ni Patrie, Ni Patron': Sunday’s French Elections Reveal a Deeply Divided Country

The National Front wants to send us back to Africa but writer Aude Konan still won't vote for Macron. Here are her thoughts on blackness and the French election.

PARIS—In April, 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of French hard-right party, the National Front, got into the second round of the French presidential elections with a historic win, stunning the world. Later, in class, when our teacher brought up the subject a classmate wrote “Le Pen = raciste” on the wall. The teacher told him that this wasn’t the way forward. “Le Pen wants to send us all back to Africa,” he replied.

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