: Here is a good short analysis about the likely next french President's policy
I hope that as a perfect socialist politician he lies shamelessly on his program and will do just the opposite.
The article says why in a few words.
Here is a short article puting in situation the far Right and the two other candidates
FN voter and Winegrower Remy Boursot Wrote:Europe and immigration. As a winegrower, it's Europe that dictates my life. We've lost our sovereignty, and this has killed our small businesses and artisans. We have to get out of the euro currency. And with unemployment on the rise, we hardly need mass immigration
IMO he is all wrong about the EU killing his business.
The EU is the scapgoat for everything from the national debt crisis to bottled wine concurence from Argentina and Chile.
And he obviousely doesn't know what he is talking about when saying that they should leave the euro.
On immigration, they are closer to reality but is it realy original? Sarkozy is anti-immigration as much as the FN but without hiden racial hatred.
Without beeing all racists, poeple who feel immigration is too much are likely to vote Le Pen. Sarkozy was the first non-right-wing president who spoke tough against immigration too. But he is pro-EU, sort of not compatible for certains.
This article shows in my opinion, why Sarkozy is losing to Holland: He speaks honestly and worse he says the right things
. It's not popular to everyone.
Holland is a professional liar and a populist. He tells the crowd what they want to hear, not what should be done nor even what he will do. But words bring him votes.
Sarko also made a mistake by talking too much in the sens of the FN ideology, trying to get their votes. He is still a moderate nationalist, but FN fans hate him as much as they hate the left. Only 30% of them would vote for him.
Here's a smart and reasoned contribution from a French reader:
I don't know if it's very smart because she hasn't a clue, but at least she thinks of the pro and the cons, yet with clichés.
This comment is a good snap of how balanced poeple think there.
This article explains why Holland, unlike sarkozy, will reap all the votes for Mélenchon
, the extreme-left candidate, at the second turn.
The article is quiet long and tedious to read, but the first paragraphs are interresting.
Here is a shorter opinion from a leftist paper
Interresting read because it's not too much propagandist. Just their side of the story.
According to Mélenchon's own word, he is dangerous. At least on this point I agree with him.
There is a large-ish section of French society for which this kind of language touches a sweet spot.
More about Mélenchon and why we should fear him as much as Le Pen.