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The Truth About France's 'Far-Right' Electoral Surge

CHARLIE FEATHER Wrote: Apr 30, 2012 2:11 AM
Hitler’s NAZI party was socialist. NAZI is short for National Socialism. It is distinguished from communism only by its lesser ambitions. Communism has international ambitions, whereas traditional fascist parties had merely national ambitions. The important thing is that both are big government ideologies.

Are the French getting their Tea Party on? That's what an outsider looking at the country's first-round presidential voting results might have been led to believe. But, as with many things French, the reality is très compliquée.

The weekend vote knocked out all but the two candidates long expected to square off in the May 6 final: Socialist Francois Hollande (28.6 percent) and incumbent center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy (27.2 percent). This isn't the story, though. The most striking news is the 17.9 percent score by Marine Le Pen's National Front party. That's even better than her father Jean-Marie's best showing of...