A reader recommended this article about the French elections, both presidential and legislative. I found it well written, informative and, as far as I can tell, accurate (my French readers may disagree). It is of course a summary, the reality of any political situation in times of severe crisis being overwhelmingly complex and impossible to encapsulate. The author, Patrick Le Brun, therefore, is to be praised for the simplicity of his style, the clarity of his thinking, and his presentation of the events in proper and intelligible sequence. Since I have, more or less, been writing about these events for a long time (translating, I should say) it was with pleasure that I reviewed the whole story as seen through the refreshingly well-trained eye of someone who obviously knows French politics. I could never have done so well. The comments are interesting too, especially the ones by a traditional Catholic who has no fondness for Marine Le Pen or the Front National. Most commenters advocate a cautious approach to Marine Le Pen's accomplishments.
Below, Marine and Marion.
Labels: Election 2012, Front National, History, Marine Le Pen