Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Le Pen is Finished
Perhaps the most welcome result of Sunday's French parliamentary election was the almost total obliteration of Jean Marie Le Pen's National Front. He attracted a mere 4.3 per cent of the vote and his career in frontline politics looks to be at an end. The only worry is that some of his vote has clearly gone to the tough talking Nicholas Sarkozy. Talking tough is easy, but it's not so easy to see what bits of red meat Sarkozy will throw to his new supporters to keep them onside. But the lack of a charismatic successor to Le Pen should mean that the extremists remain fragmented.