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The french presidential election............and beyond

yogi bear up the cagire

Life President
May 8, 2008
St Gaudens France
[h=6]From my Facebook Page

A worrying night in the French Presidential Election............and my worry is not for 2012 but for 2017. Nearly a third of French voters chose to vote for the extreme left or extreme right, with a far larger majority opting for the latter. Between 18% and 20% appear to have voted for Le Pen's Front National. On the face of it one would expect this vote to swing behind the right wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy......but I don't believe this will be the case. I expect the majority of FN votes to go tactically to the left and ensure that François Hollande is swept in to power..........or, more importantly, Sarkozy is put out of power.
If I was a FN tactition I would be relishing the prospect of a Socialist government that would possibly mishandle the economy and create deeper economic problems and social and cultural divisions. With a discredited UMP the FN can establish a new 'popular' right that could move on from a solid base of around 20% and extend it through National, Regional and Local Elections, so that it would be in a strong position to make a play for the Presidency in 2017. Worrying indeed.