Post Tagged with: "Jean-Luc Melenchon"

Op-Ed Small Parties: How To Exist Until 2017

Well, the electoral period is over. Now, the political system will shift back to its classic configuration and the fight between the majority and the opposition will replace the ideological debate. Although this change is natural for the two biggest parties (PS and UMP), it is significantly more difficult for the smallest ones. The Front National (FN) must find its own way between a new “traditional” right and the “reactionary” right. The FN already has a[Read More…]

Where is the Left?

Yes, François Hollande has been elected President of the Republic. Yes, the Parti Socialiste (PS) controls all the major institutions. But since there is nothing very socialist about the PS, is it still a Left party? After the defeat, the debate. A few after losing the Elections to the PS, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) is now experiencing the same crisis the PS underwent in 2007: fight for leadership and ideological questioning. On the[Read More…]

What is to Come For the Front de Gauche?

As one of the all-stars of the last presidential election, the Front de Gauche (FG), is now facing the downfall: a deceiving 11% in the first round and even more disappointing scores in the legislative elections, it is only the communist ‘fortresses’ that allow the radical left to hope there will be Front de gauche representatives in Parliament. It is all the more disappointing that Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign had gathered enough momentum that people could[Read More…]

NEWS ANALYSIS Legislative Elections: Socialists Could Win Absolute Majority in the Assembly, Yet Uncertainties Remain

The Socialists won the majority of votes Sunday for the first round of the legislative elections, barely a month after the election of their candidate, François Hollande, to the Presidency. The results for the Left were better than expected, but they did not sweep the election. “There is still a long way to go,” said Martine Aubry yesterday morning, June 11. These words from the First Secretary of the Parti Socialiste (PS) could sum up[Read More…]

Opinion: Are French Politics Becoming Too Dirty?

The French political landscape has become soiled over the past few months as insults, lies and low blows flood the presidential and legislative campaigns. The most striking example may be the recent confrontation between Jean Luc Melenchon and Marine Le Pen. While Melenchon deemed Marine Le Pen to be a “semi-demented” person on national television, the far right candidate reciprocated the gesture during the legislative election in Henin-Beaumont by distributing illegal and anonymous flyers representing[Read More…]

by June 11, 2012 0 comments European Union, Feature