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Francis MacGabhann
Francis MacGabhann
7 months ago

They could just roll the dice and take their chances with Le Pen on the “anything’s got to be better than this” principle?

AC Harper
AC Harper
7 months ago

That worked so well in the USA with ‘anyone but Trump’.

Francis MacGabhann
Francis MacGabhann
7 months ago
Reply to  AC Harper

I think you got that the wrong way round. Trump was the “has to be better than this” candidate, and the Americans channelled their inner Frenchman. Biden is Macron. Trump is Le Pen.

Michael Marron
Michael Marron
7 months ago
Reply to  AC Harper

My apologies. I was trying to upvote you, but it has somehow become a downvote.

Samir Iker
Samir Iker
7 months ago
Reply to  Michael Marron

That reflects the current state of the world very closely

Ian Barton
Ian Barton
7 months ago
Reply to  Michael Marron

Just re-tap to correct

Peter Francis
Peter Francis
7 months ago

Yet another great analysis from Anne-Elisabeth Moutet. I must confess, I was not previously aware of that quote from Tacitus “Capax imperii nisi imperasset”. Gordon Brown sprang to mind instantly (well, actually, instantly after my wife had translated the quote for me).

ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
7 months ago
Reply to  Peter Francis

Surely there are quite a few other Britons who deserve that epithet?
Our beloved leader, BJ must be a ‘classic’ example?

R Wright
R Wright
7 months ago

Cowardice will likely set them back on the path. The French don’t have the grit to ever do anything different. The Fifth Republic has enervated them beyond repair.

JP Martin
JP Martin
7 months ago

To think we came very close to a runoff between Macron and Mélenchon. A thoroughly disgusting result.

Last edited 7 months ago by JP Martin
Michael K
Michael K
7 months ago

Macron is just too good-looking and smug not to vote for him. And if it’s all duds, you vote for the most attractive person. There, modern politics explained in simple terms.

Yendi Dial
Yendi Dial
7 months ago

excellent article, indeed the youngsters and the Muslims went en masse extreme left for Melenchon (much more than the ecological party), the brand new party Zemmour Reconquete (120 000 joined in 4 months) the majority is less than 35 years old, and concerned about the future of the West while those who voted with their wallet (mostly boomers), the “vote utile” go with the flow, and those worried about covid and the dhimmis voted Macron .

rick stubbs
rick stubbs
7 months ago
Reply to  Yendi Dial

Yea and they surely won’t vote for Le Pen next.

David McDowell
David McDowell
7 months ago

The French will p***y out and re-elect Micron but Elizabeth’s analysis is certainly superior to Litchfield’s.

Last edited 7 months ago by David McDowell
AC Harper
AC Harper
7 months ago

You could make an argument that a President (particularly in the French political system) is an elected King. Which makes it less appealing for voters to replace such ‘Royalty’ without good reason. And if there is a good reason then there are so many would-be kings (or queens) struggling for anointment.

Bruno Lucy
Bruno Lucy
7 months ago

I am surprised Valerie Precresse didn’t even got her share of criticism in this well written article apart from owing the state……5 million euros.
Well…..she can take it…..her estate is worth 9 millions and she got the flack she deserves when she went begging on tv yesterday. I was in the village café in Corrèze and she made quite an impression. I can’t even write what these good people eructed…..but it was extremely graphic and much to the point…..I think.

Macron, apart from being a modern times Rastignac, didn’t split anything. The rest of the pack running for high office are sooooooooo mediocre…..that he just filled the void.
No matter how unlikable the man is, there isn’t any other option and who cares if he is likeable or not……for me the main thing is that he does the job.
The french have this deplorable habit of sentimentalising everything when they, at the core, are just very cynical. I think queen Mum said something along these lines.

The Germans are pulling their hair in the German press, describing a situation that is no near reality.
Macron will be re-elected……will act as smugly thereafter as he did the first time and will manage what is to be managed in this padded cell.
See you in 5 years.
for those who read french, pretty well written article
https://www.lesechos.fr/politique-societe/politique/europe-derriere-lapparent-recentrage-de-marine-le-pen-un-programme-radical-menant-au-frexit-1400170#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_lec_18h&utm_content=20220412&xtor=EPR-5020-%5B20220412%5D

Last edited 7 months ago by Bruno Lucy
Mark Gourley
Mark Gourley
7 months ago

What is that strange rumbling sound from across the Channel? It must be de Gaulle and Mitterrand turning in their graves.

János Klein
János Klein
7 months ago

Another excellent analysis by Madame Anne-Elisabeth.
I fear a very hot summer on the streets of Paris and elsewhere.

Ludwig van Earwig
Ludwig van Earwig
7 months ago

“France faces yet another miserable choice”
Which country doesn’t at present? In next year’s New Zealand elections, we face a choice between Ardern’s jiggery-wokery, the ACT Party’s free-market fundamentalism, and the National Party’s insipid pitch that seems to consist of the status quo + tax cuts. There don’t seem to be any adults in the room.

Andrew Horsman
Andrew Horsman
7 months ago

How anyone can describe this globalist, anti-human, puppet of the corporatist elite as “left” is beyond me. As is why anyone who consider themselves to be a “moderate” would give their vote to a vile, divisive, arrogant, hubristic, narcissistic oddball; a stupid clever man who openly persecuted, isolated, and scapegoated those who refused to submit their bodily autonomy to the demands of his psychotic, dissociated worldview.

Last edited 7 months ago by Andrew Horsman
Edward De Beukelaer
Edward De Beukelaer
7 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Horsman

indeed…. it almost becomes bearable to vote for Marine….