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A Calculated Vulgarity

Share the post "A Calculated Vulgarity" The jaws of French talking heads have been flapping wildly since Emmanuel Macron vented his sentiments about the unvaccinated: “J’ai très envie de les emmerder.” The English-speaking media have chosen by and large to translate this as “I’d really like to piss them off,” but this misses the somewhat more vulgar tone of the French, which is closer to “I’d really like to shit on them.” It’s the vulgarity that has so many in France...

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Le Régalien et Le Sacre

Share the post "Le Régalien et Le Sacre" Valérie Pécresse reportedly intends to devote the beginning of her campaign to “le régalien“: “Il ne faut pas lâcher cette thématique, au moins jusqu’à fin janvier, insiste le député Eric Pauget. Son électorat a de fortes attentes sur le régalien, et cela reste un des points de faiblesse de Macron.” The dictionary tells us what this means: “Qui concerne, qui appartient en propre au roi, au souverain.” Poor Emmanuel Macron: his...

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Who Is Voting for Pécresse?

Share the post "Who Is Voting for Pécresse?" A new poll sheds light on the Pécresse electorate. It is essentially the Fillon electorate–older, more likely to be retired, more Catholic, and wealthier than the average voter–augmented by a post-primary influx of somewhat younger voters somewhat less favorable to cutting state sector employment and somewhat more favorable to redistribution of income (for numbers, see the article at the link). It is a somewhat unstable...

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Taubira “Envisages” a Presidential Run

Share the post "Taubira “Envisages” a Presidential Run" Just what the left needs: another presidential candidate. “Squabble among yourselves; leave me out of it,” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon. One can understand his frustration. Meanwhile, the Macroniste camp called attention to the fact that Taubira is not merely an icon, the eloquent justice minister responsible for passing the Mariage pour Tous law; she also has a less well-known history as a political operator: in 1994...

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Macron Takes The Bully Pulpit

Share the post "Macron Takes The Bully Pulpit" Emmanuel Macron’s second presidential campaign will be nothing like his first. In 2016-17 he enjoyed the advantage of enigma: no one knew who he was or what he represented (though many guessed accurately enough), and he exploited the ambiguities to the full with his slogans “en même temps, ni droite ni gauche,” etc. He would bring the spirit of Silicon Valley to France, create a “startup society,” infuse moribund state...

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New Polls Indicate Yet Another New Race

Share the post "New Polls Indicate Yet Another New Race" As I predicted in my previous post, Valérie Pécresse has obtained a significant “post-convention bounce,” while Éric Zemmour has slumped. A new IFOP poll has Macron at 25% and Pécresse even with Le Pen at 17, while Zemmour has fallen to 13 and Mélenchon to 9. Jadot is at 6 and Hidalgo at 5. In the second round, IFOP has Macron beating Pécresse by only 52 to 48, compared with 56 to 44 against Le Pen and 63 to 37...

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Spot On!

Share the post "Spot On!" On Thursday (look it up!) I predicted that Pécresse would win the LR runoff 60-40. It was just announced that she got 60.95% of the final vote. You heard it here first, folks! The field for 2022 is now set. I suspect that the next round of polling will show a significant post-convention bounce for Pécresse and a slight sag in support for Zemmour, now that he has ended his fan dance and declared himself a candidate in a widely mocked YouTube...

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Paxton Refutes Zemmour

Share the post "Paxton Refutes Zemmour" In an interview with Le Monde, historian Robert Paxton refutes Éric Zemmour’s contention that Vichy sacrificed “foreign” Jews to save “French” Jews. One hopes that this admirably concise statement of Paxton’s lifetime of work on Vichy France will circulate widely. Tags: History, Zemmour Share the post "Paxton Refutes Zemmour"

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The LR Finalists

Share the post "The LR Finalists" Ciotti 25.59% and Pécresse 25%, a perfect picture of the LR today. Ciotti is of course the most Zemmour-compatible of Les Républicains, while Pécresse, like Bertrand, was for a while a renegade who tried to remind the party that it once separated itself from the far right on principle. But, caught between Zemmour and Le Pen on one side and Macron on the other, principle ceased to be a viable strategy. Once Bertrand and Pécresse saw that...

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Two Media Events: Josephine Baker and Eric Zemmour

Share the post "Two Media Events: Josephine Baker and Eric Zemmour" Today, Josephine Baker entered the Pantheon, and Éric Zemmour declared his candidacy for the presidency. The contrast between the two events could not have been greater. The Baker pantheonization was a grand state spectacle of the sort that the French do better than anyone else. President Macron used it to emphasize the values that he would like the French to believe are their own: universalism,...

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