Tuesday, December 6, 2011

La Fracture Sociale de retour

It's back: la fracture sociale that Chirac, with the aid of Emmanuel Todd, so effectively exploited to win the presidency in 1995 is back, worse than ever. Fully forty percent of the population no longer identifies with either the left or right, according to Le Monde. Diagnoses vary. Are these the laissés-pour-compte of globalization? The precariously employed? The "rural and peri-urban populations" denied the profits of European integration, which have gone to better-educated urbanites working in the non-tradable service sector?

To some extent, of course, these diagnoses overlap and reinforce each other. The question is what, if anything, can be done to remedy the situation. But for the parties the more immediate question is how to exploit the dilemma politically?


FrédéricLN said...

A very good paper, but it's still "les gens de la haute parlant des gens d'en pas". On the same page of the paper edition, an excellent report in a true, but not named, city near Paris. Words you would not dream Le Monde could write even three years ago.


I fully endorse this analysis, and I think the key of the victory in the Presidential race 2012 lies there.

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