I’ve been following the French election with great interest. On the news, they kept referring to the “Koo Jay” of each party and it took me a while to realize that they were saying QG. This refers to le quartier général, or headquarters of, in this case, the political aspirants. As you probably well know, the choice on May 7 is centrist Emmanuel Macron who founded the En Marche! party about a year ago versus Marine Le Pen of Le Front National.
Each party is going to be putting in a lot of hours in their respective QG between now and next week’s second round of the elections. I’m not crazy about either candidate, but I would prefer the brash young upstart Macron to the anti-immigration, anti-Europe Le Pen. Overall, the candidate I liked best was senior statesman Alain Juppé, but he was knocked out in the primaries. Scandal-ridden François Fillon represented his party instead, but I still think Juppé could have won the whole thing and been a steady president for France. Since I seldom seem to back the winner in any election, don’t ever put money on my picks.