It’s another lovely Sunday in Paris, and visitors to the city are trying to stop time: preserving the moment with selfies near the Eiffel Tower; posing with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre; imagining life under the Louie’s as they gaze at centuries-old buildings from tour boats in the Seine.
Locals are thinking about their future. Today is the presidential election, and conversations about the merits of two relative outsiders, Marine le Pen and Emanuel Macron, emanate from park benches, neighborhood brunch spots, and spontaneous responses to posters in the streets.
It’s a crazy, delicate moment.
Early projections favor Macron, who is young and inexperienced, embraces market-driven solutions, continued support of social safety networks, and globalism.
Le Pen wants to isolate France from Europe and the rest of the world.
While none of us can predict the future, we must hope for the best — thriving economies, friendly relations between countries, safe, educational travel.
So what to do in Paris on a Sunday afternoon?
Let’s celebrate each other, and the perfection — and imperfections — of the present.