2012 French Presidential from abroad
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At the end of last month, 5,000 people marched through Dublin to protest against the imposition of a €100 (£80) household tax that the Irish government was already struggling to collect from voters sick of austerity measures imposed on a stagnating economy. It was a small demonstration by the standards of some that have taken place across Europe in recent months – in places such as Syntagma Square in Athens, or in Spanish cities during the general strike that took place just before the Dublin protest – but numbers on the streets are not everything these days. As polls in Ireland revealed last week, support for the coalition government's policies is collapsing, while backing for Sinn Féin – which is calling for a "no" vote in next month's referendum on the EU fiscal compact that would bind member states other than the UK, which opted out, to budget deficits of 3% or less in perpetuity – has propelled it into the rank of Ireland's second most popular party after Fine Gael. Politicians braced for backlash as Europe turns against austerity | Business | The Observer
Observing le Pen and the National Front beyond the emotion. Part
Observing le Pen and the National Front beyond the emotion. HISTORY: How did they occupy this place in French society?
POLITICS: why they haven’t been stopped Observing le Pen and the National Front beyond the emotion.
France’s electoral hangover | BriefandFalseAdvertising 0EmailShare France went to sleep last night knowing that almost a fifth of those who felt compelled to vote in the first round of the presidential election chose a party formed on an openly neo-fascist platform.
Carnage as Europeans refuse to take their medicine Protestors clash with riot police during a large anti-austerity demonstration in Athens last year. Photo: AFP
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Round One - French elections 2012
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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front and the Fascists posted by lenin LENIN'S TOMB: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Left Front and the Fascists
Jim Wolfreys French Elections - Jim Wolfreys - 25th April 2012
Left must lead fight against Le Pen|28Apr12 The leadership of the Front National (FN) around Marine Le Pen has tried very hard to ditch the party’s fascist image. There has been a fight inside the party to enforce this line and to play down elements most associated with its fascist past. But throughout the FN and its leadership is a hardcore of traditional Nazis.
It seems that the French presidential elections are once again providing their most sceptical neighbours with a delicious opportunity for ridicule. In the estimation of much of the British media, this is a contest – the first round of voting takes place today – characterised by populism and demagogy, dangerously lacking in pragmatism, and in which 30% of the vote threatens to fall to extremists. The schadenfreude is unsurprising. French society has always been as vilified as it is envied for its apparent independence, its munificent welfare state, its glowing infrastructure and the supposed quality of life of its inhabitants. Surely, after the reality check of 2008, FranceFrance is at last waking up to the harsh truths of life in the global economy? France rediscovers the allure of shaping its own singular destiny | Lucy Wadham | Comment is free | The Observer
‘France now more racist than 5 years ago’
Emma-Kate Symons The ultimate winner of the first round of the French presidential election is undoubtedly Marine Le Pen. Extremism’s on the march in a declining Europe
Marine Le Pen: neither Left nor Right, just a chain-smoking, race baiting opportunist Marine Le Pen is a triangulator par excellence Expect the newspapers to be full of the end of La France.
Marine Le Pen: France’s Woman in the Wings Far-right spitfire Marine Le Pen didn’t make the cut for May’s presidential runoff—but she’s well positioned to pick up the pieces and emerge even stronger next time. As the results came down Sunday night in the first round of France's presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen's concession speech sounded anything but.
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"Most importantly, it allows you to enjoy what is best about France without ever having to listen to the French."
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Rich irony in French election farce
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Sacking Sarkozy won’t be enough
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Is Sarko fini?
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Face to face with the far right: meeting Marine Le Pen
François Bayrou: stuck in the middle and mind-blowingly boring | World news
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Eva Joly: wrong message or wrong messenger?
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Enter Jean-Luc Mélenchon
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Irish Left Review · The French elections and the poll surge of Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon MEP
French voters warm to Left party's maverick | World news | The Observer
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Jean-Luc Mélenchon: "There is Nothing More Anti-capitalist Than 'The People First' " - L'Humanité in English
The Mélenchon phenomenon: Aux armes, citoyens
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Bradford points the way / Features
Melenchon pays the ransom of success
Jean-Luc Mélenchon paye la rançon de son succès
Mediapart 2012 - Le grand entretien avec Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Meeting de Mélenchon à Marseille: près de 100.000 personnes réunies sur la plage du Prado