Shock Upset for Le Pen in Second Round of French Elections

ER Editor: How did this happen?

The results of the European elections back in June shifted the centre of political gravity to the populist right as they were expected to do. Then with snap elections called both by Sunak and Macron, plus the first round of the French elections last week where Le Pen took a significant share of the vote, this was not an expected outcome at all.

The French voting turnout yesterday was around 68%, the same for the first election round. Compare that with turnout for the UK election, at 34%.

The Front Populaire, a composition of the old Parti Socialist (recall former president Francois Hollande), Melenchon’s party (LFI), Greens and Communists, won the most votes but not an outright majority. Macron’s party did better than before. It is believed that in ridings where both parties, plus Le Pen’s, were candidates, the Left and Macron’s party strategically voted (or ganged up) to keep out Le Pen’s party by dropping out candidates  (see the explanation below). This is called a Republican Front in France, and is somehow a source of pride, yet how such blatant, in-your-face denial of millions of other French voters their democratic right to choose is somehow ‘right’ or ‘good’ is beyond us. But this is a typical reaction to years of public propagandizing around Le Pen, and it works.

A reminder that career politician and high-ranking freemason Jean-Luc Melenchon is no friend to the ordinary person but he’s spent a career pretending he is with a lot of fiery rhetoric. He’s as much a fixture of the Establishment as Macron is, albeit in a different way and they are known to collude when it suits. This result is frankly odd to say the least, and to some degree echoes Establishment Neocon/Globalist/Zionist Starmer gaining a huge number of seats in the UK election last Thursday. Both results have bucked the right-populist trend, putting unsatisfactory so-called ‘Left’ candidates in power. We smell strategy somewhere – perhaps to expose these types of political choices? How much have Americans had to witness for the penny to finally drop that ‘Biden’ is incompetent and was never ever in control?

Below is some standard reporting on the French result. Here is Eric Verhaeghe’s partial take (paywall):

Against all expectations (we will come back to this during the week), the new Popular Front should become the first parliamentary group in the Assembly, ahead of the Macronists… and the National Rally (Le Pen), relegated to third place. Reinvigorated by this unexpected result, the left-wing leaders are now claiming power… and the implementation of their program, based on a massive tax increase starting this summer (€50 billion, it is said, compared to €30 billion under François Hollande), and on an explosion in public spending. Problem: this strategy is not in line with France’s European commitments, and could very quickly put us in a Greek scenario. For your assets, the situation risks quickly becoming dramatic.

The victory of the new Popular Front in an assembly which does not have an absolute majority is a surprise.

It should be noted here that the final photograph of the Assembly corresponds fairly well to the “exit poll” figures released under embargo by the Ministry of the Interior from 5:30 p.m. On the other hand, this photograph is in complete contradiction with all the “private” polls published before the results were announced. We will return this week to this apparent inconsistency, which raises questions, between the figures from the institutes and the final result.

In any case, from 8pm or so, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was taking on the airs of Lenin on a barricade in a striking factory to announce a deep reform of society. Taxation worse than duels in a Western movie, wage increases with whips for the bosses, authoritarian intervention by the State in all areas. Castro had dreamed of it, Mélenchon is going to make it happen. Olivier Faure’s intervention, a few minutes later, was of the same ilk.

The strategy of the Popular Front therefore involves a few items which make people smile today, but which will become real constipators in a few weeks:

  • the minimum wage at €1,600 (the Courrier calls itself “chic” because this announcement promises a few articles on the “boosts” to the minimum wage which have downgraded our employees for 20 years)
  • price freeze
  • the requisition of empty housing
  • the transformation of our taxation into a mathematical thesis intended to confuse democracy and consent to taxation
  • the confiscation of the retirement savings of our bakers, our butchers, our farmers, our artisans, in the name of capital taxation

In short, the Popular Front is preparing to make all successful proletarians pay for the crisis, in order to properly assign everyone to the cards they were given at birth. …

Some tweets —

A typical left-wing reaction —



Featured image source, Jean-Luc Melenchon:

Featured image source, Marine Le Pen:


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