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As in Ireland, there was a Green wave, but unlike Ireland where the left/nationalist Sinn Féin made major gains, it seems the left and right have consolidated their positions at the expense of the far right and left.  Also, as in Ireland, the incumbent party and Leader suffered major losses. It seems dissatisfaction with the Status quo is growing, but apart from the slight trend towards the Greens, it is not resulting in a clear switch to either left or right.

To what extent did the Pandemic and its management by the government effect the result?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 16th, 2020 at 07:42:28 PM EST
Pardon the late question:

"it seems the left and right have consolidated their positions at the expense of the far right and left. " So in France as in the USA are the Center-Left and Center-Right just wings of an unacknowledged Corporatist Party? Only differing on social issues?

by StillInTheWilderness on Mon Aug 10th, 2020 at 03:14:20 PM EST
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I know the Democrats are a centre right party and the republicans far right. What is the centre left party of which you speak?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 10th, 2020 at 08:31:10 PM EST
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Ha ha. You know full well the Democratic Party is the faux Left with all sorts of lip service about unions and working people and the poor while bellying up to the billionaires' bar.  And mainstream Republicans don't open;y advocate racial internments and abandoning elections. Trump is not a Republican he just got that Party by hostile takeover. So, no openly fascist party and no party advocating universal health care or guaranteed jobs or limits on corporate control of the marketplace. Even Bernie Sanders was revealed as a fraud, just giving up a fight that could be won and endorsing Biden, the very antithesis of what Sanders talked about and  a general bagman for the New York banks.
by StillInTheWilderness on Mon Aug 10th, 2020 at 11:12:12 PM EST
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I believe Frank's comment was referring to Ireland. In France we have several right wing parties: LREM (Macron), LR (Sarkozy), UDI and some center-right like Modem (Bayrou). They all more or less push the same big business agenda; Macron has just been smoother about it. PS is difficult to evaluate: it's main corporatists elements have joined Macron's LREM in 2017 and the party is barely alive since then.
by Bernard on Mon Aug 10th, 2020 at 08:54:14 PM EST
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