In France, the (far) right wins by election of a socialist


Francois Hollande, the socialist party candidate, has officially beaten Nicolas Sarkozy. A win for the left? maybe not.

In round one nearly 20% of French voters went for far right Marine le Penn of the far right extremist Front National Party, long supported by anti-semitic and neo-nazi groups.

And while Sarkozy was generally despised by the left- he was also unpopular with much of the right- due to his support of Islam, and lack of support for christianity:

From wikipedia: In 2004 Sarkozy co-authored a book, La République, les religions, l’espérance (The Republic, Religions, and Hope), in which he argued that the young should not be brought up solely on secular or republican values. He advocated reducing the separation of church and state, arguing for the government subsidy of mosques in order to encourage Islamic integration into French society. He opposes financing of religious institutions with funds from outside France. 

He also  called Islam “one of the greatest and most beautiful civilizations the world has known” at a speech in Riyadah Saudi Arabia in January 2008. He also was vehemently opposed to the US invasion of Iraq.

And Hollande reached out to the far right, among many other things pledging to uphold a ban on women wearing Burkas in public. He also critisized Sarkosy for his support of Halal meat.

So, in many  ways- this election had less to do with support of the left, then repudiation of the moderate right. Coupled with strong support for anti islamic, and anti immigrant policies. I will bet money today that the next election will see a shift to the far right…

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3 Responses to In France, the (far) right wins by election of a socialist

  1. Basharr says:

    I am not sure here is the right you speak of the same type of conservative like here in America? I cannot see any conservative happy about the election of a socialist. I do not feel we would count that as a victory.

    • No- the rights are very similar. But like many americans- I think you expect socialist=marxist totaltarian. As opposed to the social democrat most of the civilized world understands.

      And we are talking about someone on the “right” who has been critical of republican and christian indoctrination- and openly supportive of muslims and immigrants- vs a “socialist” who has promised to be very hard on muslims and immigrants…

      • Basharr says:

        “No- the rights are very similar. But like many americans- I think you expect socialist=marxist totaltarian. As opposed to the social democrat most of the civilized world understands.”
        Actually I think what is more worrisome is the division of the nation Between the haves and the have-nots. I believe that Socialism lessons one’s drive to become successful on their own. The possibility of creating an entitlement civilization is very real and look in the UK, Greece, and even here with the Occupy Movement. Take away the free ride people have been accustomed too and they riot because they believe life is a free ride.

        Thanks for your reply I respect your views.

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