The communist party got 20%. First comment after the article:
The French equivalent to Cleggmania. Why does France need to move into this Century when the last one was so good. Perhaps they can start competing with Greece on youth unemployment and apply to the IMF for a bailout. A breath of stale air. Check the strike calendar before you next try to travel in France. Even on the TV coverage in France the experts had given up on any economic prospects.
And that is my feeling too after seeing the communist party at 20%. Can someone from France explain what is going on ? What century is there in France ?
So as noted, it is not the Communist party. I think Buddhists all over the country have massively supported this candidate because he had a lot of proposals that align perfectly with the values of Buddhism. He is presented as far-left and thus believed by people at large to be some kind of bloody minded communist (booooohhh
) while he actually has the most humane and sense making proposals.
The favorite candidate is a banker who among many things has sold parts of a public company that had been held together with taxpayer money for years (and represented an important asset) to General Electrics. He vetoed a law that would force banks to separate banking activities between the financial casino and people's accounts, to guarantee users' safety in case of another financial bubble burst. And that's just only scratching the surface.
The question that should be asked is how such a person with next to no political experience and zero charisma is going to become the next president.
1) Put his face on the cover of all newspapers and magazines in the country
2) Destroy his most "dangerous" political opponent with a cascade of revelations and swift paced lawsuits, sometimes over very petty issues (like where he got his suits from?)
3) Give a lot of media coverage to the "evil" party so that it comes second, to make sure people will vote at the second round out of fear and not because they believe in Macron
So while some may not appreciate the situation and be swift to judge with very partial and distorted information, there are ideas here that don't even dare to be spoken of for example in American politics:
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Two years later, Mélenchon welcomed the comparison to Sanders. In an interview this month with Jacobin, Mélenchon’s spokesman Raquel Garrido said that his candidate, like Sanders, had escaped a tedious debate about left-wing politics by running as a populist.
“We want to win,” said Garrido. “I think we are similar to Bernie Sanders in that way, who rarely spoke about ‘the Left,’ but about the people against the 1 percent or the billionaire class.”
Mélenchon’s agenda, however, goes much further than Sanders. Part of that’s owed to the existing politics of France, where much of Sanders’s agenda — cheap college, national health care, generous child care — is already law. Mélenchon’s most attention-getting idea is an effective maximum income, a 100 percent tax on income over $427,000.
What Sanders and Mélenchon have in common is a narrative. In France, a popular meme has retold our 2016 presidential election in simple terms — voters rejected a left populist (Sanders), nominated a neoliberal (Clinton) and got a right-wing populist (Trump). In France, the Clinton role is assigned to Emmanuel Macron, a former Socialist government minister who spent most of his career as a banker; the Trump role goes to Marine Le Pen, who runs the racial nationalist party her father founded.