[Marxism] French politics after the fall of Sarkozy | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Fri Jun 8 17:07:29 MDT 2012


By *Murray Smith*

June 7, 2012  -- After long months of campaigning, the French 
presidential election came to a close on the evening of May 6. As 
predicted, the victor, and therefore seventh president of the Fifth 
Republic, was Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande. However, the 
margin of victory, at 51.6 per cent to 48.4 per cent, was narrow, and 
closer than any of the polls had foreseen.

So France now has a new president and a new government, presided over by 
long-time Hollande ally and Socialist Party stalwart Jean-Marc Ayrault 
and composed of members of the Socialist Party and its Green and left 
radical allies. Of course, this government has necessarily an interim 
character, since it does not have a majority in parliament. Whether it 
wins one or not will be decided in parliamentary elections to be held in 
two rounds on June 10 and 17.

First of all, let us look at the lessons of the election campaign ...

Full article at http://links.org.au/node/2902

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