Manuel Valls, France’s new prime minister, is often compared to Tony Blair. He even describes himself, without apparent irony, as “Blairiste”. Surprisingly, this hasn’t done him much harm. In recent months, Valls has emerged from relative obscurity to become by far the most popular member… Read More
This is a stand first.
Far from the May Day rallies, François Hollande visits Nevers to invoke the ghosts of the French left.
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.
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
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