Posted by: kathandroger | October 19, 2013

Worrying signs

France is politically uneasy at the moment. Brittany is up in arms as several agricultural companies have closed their doors and there are threats of more job losses. ‘Action’ is in the offing (probably the usual stuff – manure road blocks etc). The government seems clueless as to how to address the problems – other than increasing every possible tax…and people are fed up! As often happens in these times, the threat from immigrants often rears its ugly head as a reason for the country’s ills and this is only accentuated by the current influx of poor folks from Africa and Syria and the forthcoming entry of Romania into the EU.

The probably not too surprising, if a little concerning, consequence is the rise of the extremist right-wing Front National, led by Marine Le Pen. Since she took over from her father at the helm of the party, Mme Le Pen has worked to make the party acceptable to the man and woman in the street and she has been hugely successful. Last weekend a FN candidate won a by-election in the south, defeating the right-wing UMP in the 2nd round. The socialist didn’t make it past the first round. 2014 is a very important year politically with the local municipal elections across the country and there is every chance that the FN will do very well.  Let’s hope I’m wrong as their anti-immigration, anti-Europe/Euro policies are worrying, but the mainstream parties have got a lot of work to do to prevent France shifting wildly to the right.


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  1. More positively school children in Paris stood up for their deported class mates, but you are correct worrying times across France and Europe.. Facist scum always take advantage of peoples fears in hard times.

  2. Well said!
    I have similar fears in the UK with the increased popularity of UKIP. I’m hoping it is just a short lived protest vote and that reasonable people will come to their senses and understand where this could all lead.

  3. Same thing has already happened in Australia, whose immigration and refugee policy is already shameful. Fortunately the new rightwing government there does not have the support of the Senate, so that will slow them down a bit.

    At least we can vote in the mayoral elections here, even if not the nationals.


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