Almost as soon as you drive off the ferry at Calais there are signs for the Camp du Drap d’Or – the ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ – the site of the infamous meeting in 1520 between two of the biggest egos of 16th… Read More
Far from the May Day rallies, François Hollande visits Nevers to invoke the ghosts of the French left.
A leading figure in the far-right Front National (FN) has offered to endorse Nicholas Sarkozy for Sunday’s deciding second round of the presidential election, but only on condition that the president backs FN candidates in June’s parliamentary elections wherever they face a direct challenge from… Read More
Marine Le Pen grabbed the headlines in yesterday’s vote, but in politics, like football, results are everything. Le Pen will not be in the second round run-off on 6 May. The salient facts are that François Hollande comfortably surpassed François Mitterrand’s first round score in… Read More
Jean-Luc Mélanchon will not be President of the Republic next month. In fact, he won’t make it past Sunday’s first round of the election. The final opinion polls show the Front de gauche candidate finishing fourth, just behind the far-right leader Marine Le Pen. But it is Mélenchon who has come closest to setting this otherwise dreary campaign alight, with his revivalist campaign rallies and his incendiary attacks on international finance. He has cast a long shadow which could extend well beyond the now-likely installation of François Hollande as president on 15 May.
Two new polls show Socialist candidate François Hollande heading for a crushing victory in the French presidential election over Nicholas Sarkozy. A CSA poll (carried out 16-17 April) shows Hollande leading the president by 29% to 24% in the first round, and by a whopping 58%… Read More
Okay, so he’s almost there. Since he emerged as the Socialist presidential candidate last October, every single opinion poll has pointed to a clear win for François Hollande over Nicholas Sarkozy in the second and final round of the election. Sarkozy’s recent revival in the… Read More
François Bayrou, the veteran centrist candidate for the French presidency, is at last shaking off his label as the ‘third man’ of French politics. But not in the way he would want. Currently languishing in fifth place in the polls, behind both hard-left Front de… Read More
Veteran communist Robert Hue has thrown his weight behind Socialist candidate François Hollande for the French presidential election, rejecting the ‘false radicalism’ of Front de Gauche candidate Jean-Luc Mélanchon. Hue’s backing is a boost for Hollande, whose frontrunner status has been dented by the far-left… Read More
Nicholas Sarkozy’s latest campaign rally in the south-eastern town of Saint-Raphaël (Var) was a vintage Sarko performance marked by sharp and well directed attacks on his socialist opponents, sneering remarks about immigrants and lurid claims about phantom threats to the French ‘way of life’. In… Read More