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    Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Sarkozy’s return to politics is bound to deepen divisions within the UMP

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his intention to return to frontline politics by competing in the leadership contest for France’s main centre-right party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), in November. Françoise Boucek writes that while Sarkozy’s is unlikely to have much difficulty in winning the leadership election, the decision over the UMP’s candidate for the […]

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    With both the French government and opposition in crisis, the door is open for Marine Le Pen to move firmly into the mainstream of French politics

With both the French government and opposition in crisis, the door is open for Marine Le Pen to move firmly into the mainstream of French politics

French President François Hollande has suffered from consistently low approval ratings and his Socialist Party received exceptionally disappointing results in both the country’s local and European elections earlier this year. As John Gaffney writes, however, the main opposition party, the UMP, has also been hit by a series of scandals, including the revelation that the party’s finances contain debts […]

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    The real threat posed by the far-right is not their role in the European Parliament, but their impact on domestic politics

The real threat posed by the far-right is not their role in the European Parliament, but their impact on domestic politics

Far-right parties such as the Front National in France and Golden Dawn in Greece were predicted to make large gains in the European Parliament elections. John Gaffney writes that while some of these parties did indeed increase their share of seats, this was far from uniform across Europe and the lack of cohesion among these groups will ensure they […]

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The shock of Sunday’s French municipal elections was the Socialist defeat, not Front National success

France held municipal elections on 23 and 30 March. As Jocelyn Evans and Gilles Ivaldi write, François Hollande’s governing Socialist Party (PS) endured a particularly disappointing result, losing many of the gains it had made in the 2008 elections. They argue that while much of the media coverage centred on the success of the Front National; the PS’s defeat, […]

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