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Nothing's funnier than watching Paris' left bank befuddled to the point of hair pulling. The bastille is being stormed by crime but the coffee sippers ain't figured that it matters.

Le Pen & our Buchannan share a vision of nationalism based on purity. They're wrong of course but what's worse is why their wrong and worse than that why the left is wrong. Assimilation ain't bad but singing Kumbuya while building gettos is.

I digress. Enjoy the Chirac shock leftists must feel having to embrace that mannered conservative in order to ward off the beast.

-- Carlos (, April 23, 2002


J'ai une grenouille dans mon bidet!

-- (lars@le.Normandie), April 23, 2002.

Funny how the simplest of minds always think everything is as simple as "left" and "right".

-- (lol@hee.haaaw!), April 23, 2002.

French election results: (maybe a 2 party system ain't so bad after all)

Jacques Chirac President (RPR) 19.8%

Jean-Marie Le Pen National Front 17.4%

Lionel Jospin Prime minister (Socialist) 16%

François Bayrou UDF 6.5%

Arlette Laguiller Trotskyite Workers' Struggle 6.3%

Noel Mamére Green 5.5%

Jean-Pierre Chevènement Radical nationalist 5.3%

Olivier Besancenot Trotskyite Revolutionary Communist League 4.5%

Jean Saint-Josse Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Tradition party 4%

Alain Madelin Liberal Democracy 3.8%

Robert Hue Communist party 3.6%

Bruno Mégret National Republican Movement 2.4%

Corinne Lepage Independent ecologist 1.7%

Christiane Taubira Radical Left party 1.6%

Christine Boutin Independent centrist 1.1%

Daniel Gluckstein Trotskyite Workers' party 0.5%

-- (, April 23, 2002.

Good data Lar’s!!

Pay close attention to Le Pen and his progress. This is just a portent of things to come in Europe and other select geographical areas.

-- Send (mo@money.please), April 23, 2002.

Good stuff Lars. Best describes the fragmentation of franco pol life.

SendMo, yeah. It's a real danger. Euros repeatedly roll joyously in the hay of humanity only to get caught up in reality and then at the worlds expense. Such tiring cousins breed facism at their feet because they're too busy enjoying the cup at hand. When it blows this time I say we sit this one out.

-- Carlos (, April 24, 2002.

Pssst, pssst, lol@hee.haw, da Parisian left bank originated the term left for pol stuff. We's just the rest of us.

-- Carlos (, April 24, 2002.

Methinks the European press is reading too much into this.

Le Pen got 1/5th of the vote in a field with a zillion candidates. Think back to 1992 when Ross Perot gave Bill Clinton the election, or 2000, when Ralph Nader helped kill Al Gore. You've got the same thing here, in spades.

All of the other candidates, and the fact that enough people were unhappy with the two "leading" choices in this election, gave Le Pen a *longshot* chance.

OK, so there's a story here in that Jospin was rejected, but Le Pen is a longshot, at best.

Hey, I'd love to think that Europe is swinging more conservative. But unless and until Le Pen actually wins the office (it's the final game that counts), I'm not going to say so.

It's a diluted vote, plain and simple.

-- Stephen M. Poole (, April 24, 2002.

Diluted indeed but it makes them all more fun to watch.

-- Carlos (, April 25, 2002.

Frogs... PAH.

Growlin' at the poodle...

The Dog

-- The Dog (, April 25, 2002.

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