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Financial Times - United Kingdom | 12/03/2007

The end of the Chirac era

"Most analysts agree that 'Chiraquisme', apart from supporting farmers, does not stand for much", writes Martin Arnold. "An eternal opportunist, [Jacques Chirac] has flip-flopped on many big issues, including European Union enlargement, free market capitalism, the euro and the 35-hour working week. He promised voters in 1995 that he would end the 'fracture sociale', but unemployment remains high among the unskilled and a largely Muslim immigrant community remains poorly integrated. ... Yet even his critics concede he did some things right. He is widely praised for admitting France's responsibility for deporting Jews during German occupation in the Second World War and in 2003 led 'Old Europe' in opposing the US-led invasion of Iraq and warned of the dangers of American unilateralism."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 09/11/2006

The National Front's weight in French politics

The journalists Martin Arnold and John Thornhill wonder what the electoral prospects are for the French National Front led by Jean-Marie Le Pen, who made it through to the second round of the 2002 presidential elections. "The issues Le Pen has built his career on - immigration and security - still top the political agenda. Will an anti-establishment backlash again boost Mr Le Pen? Or will it fuel support for a new generation of unconventional mainstream politicians, most notably Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and Ségolène Royal on the left, who are themselves calling for a clean break with the failed policies of the past? ... No one dares write off Mr Le Pen just yet. The National Front leader has crafted a Machiavellian campaign strategy designed to undermine the appeal of both Mr Sarkozy and Ms Royal by painting them as impostors: long-serving members of the political establishment posing as rebellious outsiders promising radical change."

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