Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Le Pen says abstain

By Michael J.W. Stickings

From the BBC:

French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has urged supporters not to vote in Sunday's presidential run-off between Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal.

Mr Le Pen said that neither candidate deserved support from the voters who backed him in first round polling.

This could be bad for Sarkozy, who has been courting Le Pen's supporters with his xenophobic authoritarianism and who could use Le Pen's 10.4 percent of the vote.

Still, this is a good sign that Le Pen's neo-fascism has been marginalized. He made it to the second round last time, where he was trounced by Chirac, but this time he finished fourth. The fact that he doesn't like the two alternatives, including Sarkozy, suggests that something is going well in French politics, that voters and politicians alike are looking for a new way forward in which Le Pen's bigotry has no place.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share


Post a Comment

<< Home