Fressoz ends her blog with a typical piece of exaggerated French pessimism:
Deux ans après son élection, la France est devenue la grande malade de l’Europe. C'est pourquoi elle a divorcé d'avec ce président trop placide qui continue de lui promettre que «la réussite de tous» est au «bout du chemin »No, France is not the sick man of Europe. Hungary is prey to neofascists and democracy is in danger there. Greece is far worse off economically. Unemployment is higher in Spain. But the French political class has not distinguished itself with imaginative responses to the crisis. The danger is compounded this morning by the apparent and astounding collapse of the UMP, the main opposition party, which has just ousted its leader Jean-François Copé after revelations of apparent campaign fraud on a massive scale. The scandal also threatens to engulf the former president and future UMP hope, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hence there is a gaping void at the center of the political system. This void was the real reason for Sunday's vote: the French are gasping for air, not endorsing an exit from Europe or a veer to the far right. Sooner or later a political leader other than Marine Le Pen will recognize that fact and capitalize on it. I hope it's sooner.
In case you missed the (awful) speech: