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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2006 at 01:36:20 PM EST
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It's not so much what he says (he sounds like Alain Madelin to me today for instance) but how he says it that adopts the same tone which is attractive to the same demographic with which Le Pen typically does well.

I know the genre fairly well, some of my wife's family are forains and it's a core demo, imho similar to a few others (indépendants of all sorts, really) and esp in PACA it's a powerful demographic, explaining why the Front has done very well there for so long.

And Sarko plays well with these. Put Le Pen's rhetorical tone on Madelin's economic policies and there's a demographic which will be voting for Sarko instead of Le Pen.

Just a hunch.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Jun 23rd, 2006 at 02:09:30 PM EST
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That's what Sarkozy aiming for, in any case, but I'm skeptical.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 23rd, 2006 at 02:25:27 PM EST
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Fair enough.

I'm actually thinking your other scenario about Bayrou will come to pass, especially if Sarkozy overdoes it. I'm skeptical too of Sarko's appeal when is so explicit about the neo-liberal talk as was much of what he was quoted as saying in Le Monde today. Not so sure that appeals to as many traditional RPR-style supporters as one might think - after all, Madelin polls what, 3%, tops? However, it does appeal to a certain core Le Pen supporter. Certainly not all, but many.

I'm thinking Bayrou could surprise by mopping up some of those turned off by this neo-liberal rhetoric. I'm suspecting there will be more than a few.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Jun 23rd, 2006 at 02:55:37 PM EST
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more clearly, for some one who knows a bit about French politics and society, but doesn't have such a sophisticated grasp.

Also, what is Sarko's appeal? I don't understand why a country that was 70% against DeVillepin's measures would vote for him.

by Ben P (wbp@u.washington.edu) on Sun Jun 25th, 2006 at 02:29:58 AM EST
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