Monday, April 24

How the Election Split France


"Two outsiders, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, advanced in France’s presidential election on Sunday, setting up a runoff that could decide the future of the European Union. Election results are as of 4 a.m. Paris time. The two winners will rely on starkly different bases of support in the runoff on May 7. Ms. Le Pen captured areas with high unemployment and low wages, where she campaigned on pledges to stop immigration and renegotiate France’s relationship with the European Union. Mr. Macron dominated in economically dynamic areas and large cities, like Paris and Bordeaux, where his pro-business and socially progressive platform resonated with educated voters. ..."
NY Times
NY Times: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance in French Election (Video)

"The Mélenchon campaign has breathed new life into the French left in recent weeks, soaring to a competitive position in the polls and drawing tens of thousands to rallies. But after his narrow defeat today, questions still linger. What does Mélenchon represent? What can the origins of his France Insoumise [Rebellious France] tell us about its politics? And where is it likely to go next? Grégory Bekhtari, a member of the radical left formation Ensemble!, which supported the Mélenchon campaign, explores these questions beginning with Mélenchon’s 2008 departure from the Socialist Party (PS). ..."
Jacobin: The Meaning of France Insoumise
Jacobin: Another World Is Possible With Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Jacobin: A New Beginning
Jacobin: An Earthquake in the Making
 
2017 February: France, Without a Struggle, Is at a Loss, 2017 April: France Rebels

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