french politics

Populism is no longer condemned to the extremist edge.
He’s never run for office before, he’s married to his high school teacher and until two years ago, no one had ever heard of him.
Since several French mayors decided to ban from their beaches the "burkini", or full-body bathing suit, worn by some conservative Muslim women, a lot of criticism of French restrictions on women's liberties has resurfaced.
I return here to Jean Birnbaum's book, Un silence religieux, which raises a thorny issue and advances debate by highlighting our systematic underestimation of the spiritual element when analyzing jihadism.
Predictions of FN triumph were so wrong because of weak knowledge of French history and political institutions. The Fifth Republic's electoral system is a permanent safeguard against the likelihood that extremist parties can win power.
marine le penThe French turned out, en masse, to say that they did not want to see the Le Pen gang take possession of their regions. That is the most important lesson from Sunday's vote, and it is a reassuring one. But what caused the nation to right itself?
marine le penOn Sunday, France's worst side won the first round. It must not win the second. This coming Sunday, will the Front National, a despicable party led by a nepotistic clique replete with ex-cons pining for the good old days of wedge politics, gain control of entire regions of the country?
The strength of an intellectual, whether any Little Father of the Peoples like it or not, can rival that of divisions. And that is not counting the damage that André Glucksmann's intellectual action has done to the rationalizations for dictatorship and to the theories of its apologists.
Enough of the indecent psychodrama surrounding Marine Le Pen and her father. Enough of the indulgent, sentimental, and voyeuristic commentary about the daughter "sacrificing" a poor King Lear, leaving him to rave on his moor in St. Cloud. And most of all, enough of the obscene political whitewashing that the entire affair has enabled. Because, after all, what is the reality?