Wednesday, April 12

France Rebels

LA France Insoumise march for the Sixth Republic in Paris, France on March 18, 2017.
"Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign for the French presidency has exploded in recent weeks — reaching third, within touching distance of the second round in some polls. In addition to sending jitters through the financial markets, the success has transformed the French election, offering a left alternative to the battle between the establishment and the far right. But what are the politics of the campaign? And what is behind its success? The movement behind it, France Insoumise ('Rebellious France'), borrows from the Latin American and Spanish populist experience, most prominently exemplified by Podemos. Raquel Garrido, one of its national spokespeople, is a long-time comrade of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, having cofounded the Left Front with him in 2008. In this interview, translated by David Broder, she speaks to journalist Cole Stangler about the campaign and its aspirations for a Sixth Republic. ..."

2017 February: France, Without a Struggle, Is at a Loss