Today’s Headlines – Tomorrow’s Political Thrillers: French Election

    Life is stranger than fiction, but sometimes life can make terrifying fiction. Ripped from today’s headlines, author Mikael Carlson creates a scenario where Russia tries to influence the French election by sponsoring a terrorist attack from ISIS that will tip the balance towards an anti-EU candidate.

    HEADLINE (Reuters): Gloves off in French election as Le Pen aide slams Macron

    Synopsis

     The French people will decide the fate of the European Union, but sinister forces have other ideas in mind.

    As the election in France nears, a globalist faces off against a nationalist with the fate of the European Union hanging in the balance. The eyes of the world turn to the French people as they prepare to cast their ballots to dictate the political direction of an entire continent. Some are not content to leave the choice to them.

    Buoyed by the meddling in the United States’ election six months earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to bring the game to the next level. Wanting to bring a certain end to organized European economic cooperation, he orders his intelligence community to do the unthinkable: clandestinely support a terrorist attack that will being France to its knees.

    With Russian help, ISIS plans a series of devastating attacks around France that will sway the vote to anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen. When a deep cover American operative code named “Tempest” discovers the plot, it is up to American and French intelligence officers to thwart the attack to preserve the integrity of the election. They’re up against more than just jihadists bent on murder and mayhem.

    Deep within the governments of France, Russia, and the United States, politicians and bureaucrats create their own obstacles. As the game of high-stakes international intrigue plays out in the shadows, sides are taken in public in hopes of influencing a vote that could change the face of Europe for decades to come.

    As debate in the country rages, the desperate race against the clock begins. Will the Russians succeed in their ploy to guarantee the dissolution of the European Union, or will determined intelligence agents stop the plot in time for France to determine its own destiny?

     

    The Real Story

    In terms of positions, the center-right candidate and favorite Emmanuel Marcon is pro-EU while former nationalist party head and right-wing darling Marine Le Pen is anti-EU. While the election of Le Pen would not necessarily mean a Frexit (French Exit) from the European Union, it would build momentum to that end.

    At this point, there are multiple indicators coming from various sources within the Beltway and beyond that President Putin of Russia tried to manipulate the U.S. election last November. While this did not mean manipulation of voting machines, any meddling with media would have had an impact on how Americans voted. Whether that impact was enough to turn the election will probably never be known. Given his history of interference, it’s plausible that trying to manipulate the French election that could spell the end of a major economic rival like the EU is something he would consider. The question is, how far would he be willing to go?

    Putin is already allied with Assad in Syria, a man who, at best, should be convicted of war crimes. His use of chemical weapons launched from a base where Russian troops were stationed could mean that Putin was in some way complicit in the attack. If he is willing to ally himself with a brutal dictator, and does not respect the sovereignty of European nations like Ukraine, then backing a terror group to achieve an end is not outside the realm of possibilities.

    Russia is a stated enemy of ISIS, but since their operations in Syria have largely been aimed at destroying the insurgency revolting against Assad, supporting ISIS in this singular event cannot completely be discounted, especially if provided with plausible deniability and supporting them under the cloak of secrecy. Recent reports out of Afghanistan have them shipping arms to the Taliban, a group that defeated them only a couple of decades ago. Would supporting ISIS to help influence the French election surprise anyone?

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    About Mikael Carlson

    Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.

    Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.

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