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Fascism Stalks Europe.

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La une du "Bild" dimanche 25 mai.

C’est la revanche de Vichy!

Marine Le Pen’s confidence vindicated by Front National election triumph

FN leader claims ‘the people have spoken’, as far-right party polls an historic 25% of votes in the European elections


24 sièges 24.95 % FN
20 sièges 20.79 % UMP
13 sièges 13.98 % PS – PRG
7 sièges 9.9 % UDI-MoDem
6 sièges 8.91 % EELV
3 sièges 6.34 % Front de Gauche
3.82 % Debout la République
2.9 % Nouvelle Donne
8.41 % Autre



Written by Andrew Coates

May 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

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  1. Not sure if the Fascists stalk Europe, sneak about the place perhaps

  2. Not down here in the South, I’ve been canvases at least 12 times in Perpignan market, and twice in Lezignan. In terms of putting bodies on the street the FN are much more visible than most other parties- particularly the PS. The PCF;s specialism seems to be covering every available space with posters denouncing Europe and the transaltantic trade accord. The painful reality is that the FN have very effectively targetted their key voters and got them out to vote while the Left hasn’t done the leg work. 25% of 37% doesn’t make a huge victory, hopefully it will be a wake up call to the rest, both in terms of arguing why immigration is necessary,and a good thing for an ageing country, and in terms of attacking the Fronts hugely conflicted and wrong headed melange of policies. Instead I fear the centre right will lurch further right, the centre left will stick his head in the sand. What will happen in the Left Front is more difficult to predict, there is a lot of rumblings in the PCF about having to front the finance, do the work and then get repeatedly abused by Melenchon,also as the FdG is not exactly cutting a new path in elections but really just relying on the PCF’s municipal network there is a stronger and stronger feeling in the Party about reclaiming an independent identity and letting the Trots and former Trots tear each other to pieces as usual.

    Pete Shield

    May 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

  3. The truth is the far right has always been around. What makes a real difference is whether the rest of us are voting or not. The financial crisis has obviously disheartened many on the left.
    On a positive note, Spain’s results were more mixed with the extreme right not doing well at all- which is surprising considering their historical strength in the country’s politics. This means the general results of the election represent nothing but the rejection of those currently governing.


    May 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

  4. Who is included unter “others” and what did they get? Did the NPA or whatver the LCR calls itself stand? And LO?


    May 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

  5. the LO got around 1% and the NPA about half of that

    Pete Shield

    May 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

  6. There is much to love, from a drone supporting leftist point of view, about this 21st century fascism: For example, what drone supporting leftist wouldn’t love this:


    So maybe this article is a celebration? Your barrage of Anti Islam articles are having the desired affect!

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    May 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  7. No doubt that the Tendance is responsible for French Fascism and Vichey!

    Andrew Coatesliquide

    May 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

  8. Pete, the more I hear about Jean-Luc Mélenchon the more I feel embarrassed about him.

    The news on France-Inter yesterday, where they broadcast his press conference about the results was particularly painful.

    But Pete, us lot in Ipswich backed Labour and worked for them round here.

    It was the CPB/Morming Star, allied with the SP, who stood for a joke list called No2EU.

    Andrew Coates

    May 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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