Rightist Le Pen and Socialist Melenchon’s Parties Make Major Gains in French Legislative Elections

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    • #492161
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I changed France24’s headline because it is fearmongering propaganda that mentioned Le Pen but not Melenchon. Le Pen’s party gained 90 seats, Melenchon’s New Popular Union gained 141.

      Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally, or RN) made historic gains in Sunday’s French parliamentary election second round, on track to win 90 seats according to projections by Ipsos – a score way beyond the record gains polls predicted. Emmanuel Macron’s centrist bloc, meanwhile, underperformed polling expectations and fell well short of a majority – leaving a deal with conservative Les Républicains (LR) as his best hope for governing unencumbered.

      Nobody expected Le Pen’s party to win anything like 90 seats.

      After a presidential campaign all about the distracting focus on the Ukraine war, Macron’s desire to drift to re-election and Le Pen’s submarine-like rise, it looked like the parliamentary election campaign was all about Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Le Pen was a muted presence. She even went on holiday after losing the présidentielles second round to Macron.

      The extreme-leftist firebrand Mélenchon defied expectations and united France’s flagging, divided left behind his banner. Amid an otherwise lacklustre campaign, he created and rode momentum to put his NUPES (New Popular Union) alliance neck-and-neck with Macron’s centrist bloc in the first round.

      Full story here

       

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    • #492166
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      Macaroni’s only choice:

      Emmanuel Macron’s centrist bloc, meanwhile, underperformed polling expectations and fell well short of a majority – leaving a deal with conservative Les Républicains (LR) as his best hope for governing unencumbered.

      How lovely for him to be revealed yet again for what he truly is: a neoliberal slimeball whom the true left won’t have anything to do with. I wonder who in this country will draw the obvious parallel between him and Biden? Probably too few to make a difference. But viva le France all the same!

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      https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/06/turnaround-for-the-left-big-gains-for-the-far-right-in-french-legislative-elections.html

      And among the comments, the suggestion that Macron will make a deal with the right to govern as mentioned above. Melenchon had gains because he stopped talking about IDPOL issues and started talking about standard of living. Hint to Dems in this country, of course governing that way would be even better. And yeah, the media in France is very upset with liberals winning. Right Wing as here in the states.

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    • #492169
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      Directly and openly.  Just another POSUCS.

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      • #492246
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        Obama’s foreign election meddling?

        All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #492175
      Satan
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      “Neoliberal Macron Loses Parliamentary Majority as Mélenchon-Led Left Surges in France”

      Read it here

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    • #492187
      David the Gnome
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      As far as this modern time goes, the center will always align with the right when their only other option is the left.  Cases in point would be Biden, Obama, Clinton, etc.

      We don’t have much of an actual left in American politics anymore, not one that has any real power, anyway.  Biden and his ilk are right wing – Manchin is just a Republican who runs as a Democrat.

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      Like President Truman implied, people tend to prefer the genuine article even if it’s not a great fit.

      Those who are reactionary to change don’t trust Macron to safeguard their ideal of what France should be, and what it shouldn’t give up.

      Those who aspire to a more modern France, one that would be more fair, and deliver a higher standard of living to everyone, don’t trust Macron to not be a sheepherder of the 1% and the globalists.

      A left of center coalition like Macron’s can do really well if it delivers a lot of prosperity, and a lot of peace, both foreign and domestic. Let it stumble on doing that and the coalition can quickly lose its unity, and its appeal. The coalition being more a pragmatic one, than based on ideology or high ideals.

      Bill Clinton and Bush II were popular for a while due to their appealing to the (more or less) center of the country, but their ultimate failures have tainted their legacy.

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