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

Qing1331 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 7:27 AM
They are antisemitic fascists. No different than Mussolini's brand of totalitarianism. France is so finished.

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...