Donald Trump's approval ratings continue to plummet, and while he insists those poor numbers are all the work of "fake news," it's clear that a lot of people do not approve of his administration. But is he the world's least liked political figure? Nope — and it's not even close.
Turns out, the French hate François Hollande way more than Americans hate Donald Trump. As of November 2016, Hollande's approval rating was (drumroll, please)...4 percent. That's right. Hollande can't even crack double digits. But given France's current situation, it's easy to see why. As John Oliver points out, the country has suffered a string of terrorist attacks, plus a persistently high unemployment rate.
Thankfully for those tired of Hollande's antics, an important election is just around the corner. He'll be out of office soon, but there's no guarantee that his replacement will be better suited to the job. There are nearly a dozen candidates, and few are ideal. From hologram obsessions to shady dealings regarding expensive designer suits, the scandals surrounding a few of the country's most influential candidates are enough to give any voter pause.
There are a lot of concerning candidates in France, but the most worrisome is easily Marine Le Pen, who has espoused extreme anti-immigrant plans. According to Oliver, her presence in the election causes major déjà vu. He refers to Le Pen as "a potential destabilizing populist campaigning on anti-immigrant rhetoric who rages against the elites despite having a powerful father and inherited wealth."
The parallels don't end there. Pundits claim that there is no way that Le Pen could possibly win the election. Their overconfidence mimics that of Hillary Clinton supporters in early 2016. In other words, France is in for a repeat of Donald Trump.
Americans' chief foreign policy concerns right now are Syria and North Korea, but it's worth paying attention to countries that don't appear to be a significant threat. France's upcoming election could determine the fate of the European Union and perhaps even the global economy. We're glad John Oliver is forcing us to pay attention to the news stories we might otherwise ignore.
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