Tag: France Elections

What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?

The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of the Republic. He campaigned for this opportunity, an opportunity to preside over a reshaping of the political landscape. From this day forward, the political spectrum and the debate which surrounds it will be focused on one question; can the Socialist Party

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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified

It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in the aftermath of the Forward! (En Marche!) political victory it is important to remember the fundamental points. The use ‘populism’ as a catch-all phrase to characterise the positions of both Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and, to a lesser extent Emmanuel

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A bowling alley election

A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an unforgettable election, a coconut-shy election, a populist election, a disaster for the so-called mainstream parties, the demonisation of the National Front … and many many more. In reality all of this can be said to be true. Though these terms are

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The project of Marine Le Pen will lead to benefits for the better off

Although stigmatisation of foreigners has been the mainspring of the National Front since its foundation, the far-right party is now trying to present itself as “the voice of the people” and defender of the weak by investing in economic and social issues. The inability of successive governments to provide convincing answers to rising inequalities, lack

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Four Frances in a stand-off

France woke up on the morning after this first presidential round a bit En Marche, a bit rebellious, a bit angry and a bit nostalgic. And entirely disoriented, not yet daring to know what to expect from the new political order to which she had just given birth.

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Five lessons after the first round

Read the original text in French here Last Sunday did not disappoint with the first round of the presidential election in France. The election delivered on its promise. A Sunday of uppercuts and heavy blows unfolded before us. Consider this: 1- The National Front (FN) have qualified for the second round of a major election within

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The last few weeks of an atypical campaign

The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The end of March and the beginning of April were marked by the striking progress achieved by Jean-Luc Mélenchon – within a month the transformation in voting intentions was significant; from 10.5% on 17 March to 19.5% on 17 April. The Unsubmissive

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Divides within politics

To be effective, democracy requires a certain degree of political divide within the spectrum to allow all individuals amongst us to make a personal choice during the election. To deny that such a divide forms an integral part of the political landscape will lead to the creation of an impasse – not a political one,

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Presidential election 2017: the dynamic Mélenchon

Read this article in French A second round where Jean-Luc Mélenchon faces Marine Le Pen? Is this possible? How far can Jean-Luc Mélenchon go? Will Emmanuel Macron fall at the first round? Answers provided by Chloé Morin, Director at the Research Centre for public opinion of the Jean-Jaurès Foundation and Esteban Pratviel, Team leader, Strategies

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