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  •  Given that Socialists did much better in the last (2+ / 0-)
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    elections than usual, French right wing is not exactly rising. 12-15% support for Le Pen is normal, 18% support for her candidacy for president is a bit higher than normal but the difference is small. FN got 13.6% in the elections to the Parliament which is slightly more than usual but not by much.

    •  The Socialist majority seems like it created a (3+ / 0-)

      reaction on the right, similar to the tea party activity in the States which began right after Obama was elected.  But the parties are much more fluid in France than in the US where it's always Ds and Rs.  

      There was a poll in Le Monde last week that showed some shifting to the right in favor of the FN.   The prolonged power struggle in the UMP after the election fractured the party.  The FN has been claiming increased membership from the UMP and Le Monde's poll seems to agree.  

      Quite a few UMP députés took an extreme position against the marriage equality bill.  They went farther than I expected.  They're saying that if it passes they'll repeal it if they can gain a majority.  They're also insisting that it should be put to a referendum rather than legislated.   Their bitterness and anger reminds me of the tea party and I think the FN can work with that.  

      On the Socialiste side, not everyone loves them in France.  The marriage equality bill broke along party lines.  In the affluent suburbs to the west of Paris the local papers were bragging about solid votes against the bill by the representatives from their region.  

      I think the bill can help boost the Socialiste popularity.  This is exactly what people need to see from them.

      "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

      by leftreborn on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 12:42:12 PM PST

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