France’s Presidential Election, Costa Rica’s Cannabis Legalization and More

France’s Presidential Election, Costa Rica’s Cannabis Legalization and More
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during a presidential campaign news conference in Aubervilliers, France, March 17, 2022 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose reelection bid seemed to be a lock just several weeks ago, is suddenly facing a tightened race ahead of tomorrow’s first-round voting. Macron is almost certain to make it through to the second round on April 24, where he will in all likelihood face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a rematch of their 2017 face-off. Five years ago, Macron defeated Le Pen in a landslide, with two-thirds of the vote. This year, however, the latest polls show a much closer head-to-head contest, with Macron ahead by just several percentage points—within the margin of error—in […]

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