French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Reuters, Christian Hartmann

As Machiavelli said, “A man will forgive the murder of his father before the loss of his inheritance.” Marine Le Pen appealed to voters’ quite reasonable fears about the security costs of a burgeoning migrant population, but she also proposed to take France out of the eurozone.

Le Pen will lose the May 7 second round of the presidential elections to the candidate most committed to the euro, Emmanuel Macron. The main mode of wealth acquisition in France is waiting for one’s parents to die, and the French would prefer to receive their inheritance in hard euro rather than in a devalued new French franc.