An American observer comments on French politics.
Nice to see the link to Talking Politics. Cambridge MA ♡ Cambridge UK.French readers will have heard a lot of Piketty, but a week or so back they had a longish serious interview with him in English. Worth a listen. A couple of weeks before then they focussed on the economy, including a section on the euro. Their guest was John Lanchester, a novelist who's done a good job over the past few years talking about economics in plain English for normal people in the London Review of Books.Any French-language podcast recommendations? The only one I've tried is Politico's, which is good, but much like the US Politico is heavily beltway c.w.
L'Esprit public on France culture is excellent. Mediapolis is less good.
I liked your essay in The New Prospect; I hope you're right about the re-alignment and its potential to change French politics for the better.
Subscribed, Art, many thanks.Btw, earlier today, SPD in North Rhine Westfailure.
Newly subscribed, I should say. Thanks for the recommendation.
The division in all defeated camps (FN, LR, PS, PCF/Insoumis, UDI, DLR, and even the small party where I stand, "Résistons!") is what surprises me most, as it is totally irrational with the legislatives elections just weeks ahead. But it is arguably an unavoidable consequence of the defeat itself: too much frustration, too much accumulated stress, and relief comes by just breaking apart.This may well give to En Marche!, or at least to the EM/MoDem coalition, an absolute majority. All the other ones are just fighting backwards, "jouent en reculant" as we say in rugby. This cannot appeal to even their usual voters.France took this bad habit since 2002 (only), of giving an absolute parliamentary majority to a political current or coalition which just represented around 25-30% of votes at the election run seriously i.e. the presidential one (20% Chirac 2002 + Madelin 4%; 31% Sarkozy 2007; 29% Hollande 2012 + 2% Holy); Macron got 24%).This may be technically legitimate, but it just implies that 75% of the French voters (plus 100%? of those voting "blanc ou nul" and those who did not vote) feel they are not represented in the current Administration, and feel all the more free, during the term, to set against its policies.
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