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Despondent Sarkozy faces his final reckoning - Europe - World - The Independent

Three out of five polls before the multi-candidate stage of the campaign officially ended at midnight last night showed the Socialist challenger, François Hollande, increasing his narrow first-round lead over the President. All polls showed him winning a crushing victory over Mr Sarkozy by up to 14 points in the two-candidate second round in two weeks' time.

President Sarkozy's campaign team accepts that he must top the first-round field tomorrow to make him appear a "winner" and gain the necessary momentum to overhaul Mr Hollande before 6 May. They insist that opinion pollsters are missing a "hidden" layer of Sarkozy supporters who dare not openly voice their choice. But this amounts to an admission that President Sarkozy has deeply alienated a broad section of the electorate in the past five years.

Mr Sarkozy has fought a passionate campaign but he has also zigzagged between hard-right and statesmanlike poses, and made baseless claims. The harder he has campaigned, the more he has reminded some voters of what they disliked in his presidency.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:27:28 PM EST
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DoDo:
Sarkozy supporters who dare not openly voice their choice

I'm speechless too.

"Do not be afraid," as the great man has been saying dramatically to his supporters.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:49:30 PM EST
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Liberal conspiracy - Paul Cotterill - The Daily Mail and support for French fascists

Even by the Daily Mail standards, the decision to publish an article fully in support of Marine Le Pen as President of France is pretty extraordinary, given the paper's support for fascism in the 1930s.

It is fairly clear that the author has had little recent contact with French politics, and the idea that France will be saved by withdrawal from the Euro and the defence of `national identity' is little more than a sign of pitiful immaturity on the part of the author. But it causes concern when it's passed through editorial hands at a mainstream paper.

What surprises me more is that relatively little attention has been paid by opponents of Marine Le Pen to what she really represents, and how recent acts continue to reflect this.
 



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 06:02:27 AM EST
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It is fairly clear that the author has had little recent contact with French politics, and the idea that France will be saved by withdrawal from the Euro and the defence of `national identity' is little more than a sign of pitiful immaturity on the part of the author.

Au contraire, it's The Fail pandering to its traditionally xenophobic base.

The author doesn't need to be familiar with French politics, because most of his readers won't be either.

The article is really just using the French election as a transparent excuse to make yet another point about the value of robust nationalistic narcissism, and the evils of the Euro. (Although unfortunately, that second point is much harder to argue against.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 06:37:35 AM EST
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Despondent Sarkozy ...

Jump! Jump!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 06:39:00 AM EST
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