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    Populist Le Pen Leads New French Poll

    Front National chief surges ahead after calling for Trump-style economic policies in France

    by Edmund Kozak | Updated 11 Jan 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Right-wing populist Marine Le Pen of the Front National is now leading opinion polls ahead of France’s presidential elections in the spring.

    A new poll from Ifop-Fiducial released Tuesday shows Le Pen at first place with the backing of 26.5 percent of voters, while her moderate center-right rival Francois Fillon, of Les Republicains, would receive just over 24 percent of the vote, the poll suggested.

    The new poll, which was conducted the first week of January, was based on a sample of 1,860 registered voters and has a margin of error of 1.3 percent.

    The poll represents the first time Le Pen has led with voters since November, and coincides with a noticeable decline in popularity for Fillon, who was polling at roughly 28 percent in December.



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  • MistaP (6948 posts)
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    1. evidently the only way to stop this wave is with *Green Parties*

    is José Bové busy?

    http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
  • azurnoir (2016 posts)
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    2. seems the West is taking a rightward turn

    • Ohio Barbarian (6443 posts)
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      4. That is only because the pseudoleft parties, like the Socialists in France,

      betrayed their base with more austerity, more cutting of popular programs, more cooperation with the corporatists, more, well like the American Democratic Party has done for decades now. The French people are not fundamentally right wing. They do see their standard of living declining, and they turn to whoever promises them a better life. They gave the Socialists a chance, just like Americans gave Democrats a chance in 2008. All the Socialists did was to screw them over, just like the Democrats did here. So they turn to whatever alternatives are out there, just like Americans did last year.

      La Pen won’t deliver for the French anymore than Trump will for Americans. The ghosts of Robespierre and Thomas Paine begin to stir.

      Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
      • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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        6. Exactly; the left was shown to be worthless as a bag of rocks = the right

        reaction, same as it ever was.

        Weimar brings Hitler

        Not to mention 30+ years of attack on the real left

      • id-entity (2045 posts)
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        8. The "lesser evil" stranglehold has now broken big way

        As neoliberal antidemocracy and corporate fascism of the ruling establsihment is now perceived as greatest evil. With right wing populism, at least people get to blame themselves for getting what they voted for.

        Syriza betrayal lost the chanses for left alternative in many other countries too.

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  • Babel 17 (3732 posts)
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    3. It's also interesting to see what parties lost support to her and her party

    Those that come to her from more extremist ones can arguably be said as willing to settle for a real shot at having a say. But when she gets support from those who belonged to more centrist ones, then that can signal a sea change will be underway for those affected parties.

    It happened in Britain, and in Germany Merkel scrambled to get out in front of where her people were heading, so she could continue to lead them.

    At the end of the day it’s the same old story, people want their needs effectively met, there’s pushback against that, and if the people dig in their heels enough, the existing order can get replaced. And that’s where things get tricky, and fraught with danger.

    Those that helped the old order go under might not be the best to lead, and neither might be those who are best at creating new movements within the resulting partial vacuum in the power structure. Imo this is where a society having a strong safety net, an educated populace, and trusted institutions, has much better odds than those that don’t.

    Yadda, yadda, yadda, our media has let us down in meeting its responsibilities as an institution. Trump, his administration, Congress, the alphabet agencies, Wall Street and friends; they all need to be watched as if by hawks, and reported on in an honest fashion.

    What can the media say, “This time we have no agenda, honest!”?

  • jeff47 (1126 posts)
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    5. Golly…who could have predicted a backlash against neoliberalism?

    It’s almost like neoliberalism isn’t an effective replacement for liberalism…

    • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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      7. yeah, isn't that odd