Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Merah Precursor

Arun Kapil posts a fascinating interview with another terrorist whose profile is similar in some ways to Merah's.

The Second Round Is the One that Counts

Nicolas Sarkozy has made headway with FN voters with his sharp right turn, thus cutting into Marine Le Pen's first-round vote. But an IFOP poll shows that la droitisation of the UMP candidate is not working with FN voters drawn primarily to MLP's rhetoric concerning purchasing power and wages. Many of these voters will not vote for Sarkozy in the second round:

Alors que 51 % des électeurs frontistes de PACA se reporteraient sur Nicolas Sarkozy et qu’il bénéficierait également de reports de l’ordre de 42 % en Ile-de-France et en Languedoc-Roussillon et Midi-Pyrénées, les reports ne seraient inférieurs à un tiers dans les régions ouvrières du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, de Champagne-Ardenne / Picardie ainsi que dans le Grand Ouest.
Caveat: this polling was done before the events in Montauban and Toulouse.

Mélenchon Dans Tous Ses États

Médiapart (which is offering free access all day) brings several of its journalists face-to-face with Jean-Luc Mélenchon to discuss a range of issues. M. Mélenchon is an artist of the spoken word, and I would recommend close study of his technique to aspiring politicians. To my mind, he is especially adroit at avoiding questions, a gift most evident in his segment with Laurent Mauduit, a fellow ex-Trotskyist, on the economy and in the passe d'armes concerning his relations with Serge Dassault.

This segment with Edwy Plenel is perhaps the heart of the matter:

Mediapart 2012 - Mélenchon-Plenel, le face à face by Mediapart

De quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom?

For one Turk's surprising answer, see here.