April 21, 2003


France still roiled by 2002 election (Elizabeth Bryant, 4/21/2003, United Press International)
A year after National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen placed second in French presidential elections, the country's political establishment continues to digest the seismic results.

From a spate of analyses and editorials of the April-May 2002 voting, to the government's hardening line against fundamentalist Islam, to polls showing voters may not have changed all that much over a year, the fallout of the far-right's influence is being felt in ways large and small.

The anniversary was marked most obviously by the National Front itself, which had its annual congress last weekend in Nice. [...]

A new poll suggests Le Pen's party continues to wield influence among the French electorate. Seven out of 10 French believe a far-right candidate could again place second in the 2007 presidential race, according to the Ipsos survey, to be broadcast Monday on France 2.

It's not hard to envision a near-future France where the two major contenders for power are an anti-Muslim nationalist party and an Islamic party--winner gets to exterminate the opposition. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2003 10:33 PM
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