Trump & Le Pen compared in 90 seconds
Gideon Rachman, the FT's chief foreign affairs commentator, compares the movements behind US president Donald Trump and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen – in 90 seconds.
Trump and Le Pen are in some ways very similar politicians. They both campaigned as anti-establishment figures. And they've taken aims at the same targets. They both share a deep distrust of Islam. They're anti-immigration. They're economics and protectionist and claim to be in favour of the little guy and against the establishment that they say has damaged their countries. And finally because they're so anti-establishment, they also share a common hatred for the mainstream media.
Both Trump and Le Pen have appealed to people who feel they've been left behind by recent economic developments and who are suspicious of globalisation, who are worried that their standards of living are stagnating. But in some ways the socioeconomic conditions look more ripe for a populist revolt in France than in the US, because unemployment is higher at around 10%, there's more pressure on social spending, and there are also higher tensions within the society between the Muslim minority and the wider society. Those have been around a long time in France. And finally France was subjected to three pretty horrific terrorist attacks, two in Paris, one in Nice, in less than a year. And that too has raised social tensions.
Trump and Le Pen share one thing on international affairs. They're both very pro Brexit. And they're both sympathetic towards Russia. But there's another big difference, which is that Le Pen takes aim at the European Union and at France's membership of the euro, the single currency, and that's obviously not an issue for the United States.
Produced by Vanessa Kortekaas. Filmed by Rod Fitzgerald. Still images by Getty and Reuters.