Extraordinary results coming in from the early projections for the French election.
Macron won 23.9% vs Le Pen’s 21.4%, and astoundingly neither of the major political French Parties, the Socialists and the Republicans ,will look like they will win enough to enter the second round.
That’s a fucking political earthquake and effectively it means the end of the 5th Republic.
Marcon, a right wing neoliberal who wants free market reform started his own political party last year so for him to come through and win is extraordinary. Le Pen’s National Front is an openly fascist hard right political party whose rise highlights the deep fury, anger and fear inside the French nation.
All conventional wisdom says that the entire French political establishment will now turn on The National Front and elect Macron, but conventional wisdom means sweet fuck all these days.
Macron’s free market reform agenda could cut into the socialist heart of French public services, he wants to slash 120 000 public service jobs and if Le Pen speaks to the workers and poor who desperately need those public services, I don’t think anyone can claim to know what the outcome will be.
That the two main political parties of France that have been the constant backbone of the 5th Republic didn’t even manage to get through to the second round tells us that the French people are so tormented by political gridlock that they will turn to political outsiders and sadists to force any kind of change.
That is what propelled Brexit, that is what propelled Trump and that is the dynamic propelling France right now. As those who have been failed by neoliberal globalisation start to turn on the political establishments who have sold their futures and aspirations away, the Left needs to get off its arse and start providing radical populist change or become politically irrelevant in an ocean of rising fury over the lost promises of democracy.
The fear now surely would be a terrible terrorist attack in Paris because Le Pen could manipulate that horribly.
Vive la Trump.