French Presidential Election: Vive La France

On April 23 French voters will go to the polls to elect a new president. The French election of its chief executive is a direct election, unlike the US, which is determined by vote of the majority of the people. The winner must get 50%. If not, then in two weeks on May 7, there will be a run off between the top two candidates. Currently, the race has come down to four candidates, each of them with major flaws.

More than ever the French elections are important, not just because of Russian interference, but because of the stability of the French republic and the future of Europe. “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver delves into the significance with a look at the top four candidates.