An American observer comments on French politics.
More "low road"http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/video/2012/03/15/florange-on-demande-juste-de-travailler-on-nous-envoie-les-crs-c-est-honteux_1670280_823448.htmlhttp://www.francetv.fr/info/live/message/4f6/221/741/cc6/f02/fc3/021/8dc.htmlhttp://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/politique/un-ouvrier-d-arcelormittal-que-sarkozy-vienne-en-lorraine-s-il-en-a-le-courage_1094022.html
This village voted 100% for Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. This year, only one person will, the others will vote for Marine Le Pen.http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-le-choix-de-la-redaction-retour-dans-le-village-de-l-aube-qui-avait-vote-sarkozy-a-100-en-2
@ Anonymous, I think we are seeing the point of Sarkozy's shift to the far right in these interviews. He isn't trying to compete for the voters of the FN in the first round but rather he is seeking to ingratiate himself with them sufficiently so that they don’t simply shrug their shoulders and stay home for the second round.If I had to guess (and given the number of times immigration is mentioned) I guess that these are pretty solid votes for the UMP in the second round.The high road may be overrated in politics. I’m beginning to think that it matters more where you end up and a bit less how you got there. For Sarkozy in particular, I think all roads are the same so long as they lead back to the Élysée Palace.
Two articles about Sarkozy, both from sources favorable to the left but still:http://sarkofrance.blogspot.com/2012/03/sarkozy-le-couillon-des-meres-de.htmlhttp://www.arretsurimages.net/vite-dit.php#13413Yesterday, Hollande was so-so (at times excellent, at times average or vague), but Copé was so infuriating he didn't do Sarkozy any favor.
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