Yes, it's France. It matters because the US Press-itues will make much of the defeat of the "European Trump" and how this is - either a rejection of Trump or the kind of people that support Trump or even any number of other anti-Trump memes. All a steaming pile of horse poop of course. What happened? Emmanuel Macron, a youthful former investment banker, handily won France’s presidential election on Sunday, defeating the staunch nationalist Marine Le Pen after voters firmly rejected her far-right message and backed his call for centrist change. --- Well, hold on there. With nearly 100 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Macron had 66 percent, compared with 34 percent for Ms. Le Pen, according to the official count from the Interior Ministry. Sounds lopsided. Wait there's more... As significant for France and for Mr. Macron’s future, nearly 34 percent of eligible voters did not cast a ballot or cast a blank or null one, <s>suggesting</s> (there is no suggestion, it is obvious) that a large number of people could not bring themselves to vote for either candidate. The abstention rate was the highest since 1969. And the pundits rightly see this as a NO vote. It is interesting that France tracks non or null (blank ballot) voters/voters. Because those non-votes count in ways most folks don't want to admit. Both here and there. What does it really mean? Well- “We saw the emergence of very strong anticapitalist forces,” said Gaspard Koenig, the director of the French think tank Generation Libre. “You have 50 percent of the electorate that reject the market economy in a very radical way,” Mr. Koenig added. “Thus, he must during the next five years convince people that there are alternatives to the destruction of capitalism that can help them.” Yup - that's France, really far left compared to the US. Macon didn't win much. I really feel sorry for him, at least in some ways. That lack of support presaged a difficult road ahead as Mr. Macron tries to build a legislative majority to push through his program. French parliamentary elections are next month. Currently, he has no party in Parliament. Among the odds stacked against Mr. Macron, a former economy minister in the departing Socialist government, are deep doubts about the merits of a market economy. An economy nearly in ruin because of the Socialists. Lessons that apply to US politics? Frankly, none. Ms. Le Pen, 48, conceded the election not long after polls closed in France, saying voters had chosen “continuity,” denying Mr. Macron his outsider status and linking him to the departing Socialists. The vote was a record for the National Front and, she said, a mandate for it to become a new “patriotic and republican alliance” that would be “the primary opposition force against the new president.” So, big trouble in Paradise for Mr. Macon, to say the least. Thought it worth bringing up here as I can guarantee that MSNBCCBSCNN media machine will try to bend the outcome to fit their definition of US politics. Bottom line, it sucks to live in France right now. Tough for them, but it has no bearing on what happens here - with the possible exception that France will stay in the EU - until the EU itself explodes.... And make no mistake, that fuse is burning right now - with Spain, Greece, Portugal and the UK all making it burn that much faster.