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Le Monde - France | 12/11/2014

Le Pen reaps the benefits of state scandals

France continues to debate alleged intrigues against Nicolas Sarkozy: according to revelations by the daily Le Monde, former conservative party colleagues requested that the current government step up its investigations against the ex-president. Only Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, stands to gain from this affair, the liberal daily now writes: "She rub her hands in glee. Week after week the events unfold as if the executive and the opposition were handing her a stick to beat them with. Whatever the political and legal consequences, this scandal is a boon for the leader of the FN. In addition to the huge unpopularity of the president, it combines all the ingredients that encourage defiance regarding the political leaders: a right fractured by unexplainable, reheated hostilities in which anything seems permitted; an executive which, through incompetence, amateurishness or - why not - small-time Machiaveliansim, commits faux pas after faux pas. ... The table has been laid for Le Pen: all she needs to do is serve herself."

Le Monde - France | 22/03/2007

Pierre Rosanvallon analyses the interest French people take in in politics

The French historian Pierre Rosanvallon explains in an interview conducted by Gérard Courtois why the current presidential election campaign is enthralling the French so much. "Interest in politics tallies with a major evolution: we are in a more educated society and each and everyone feels better equipped to understand what is being proposed to them; everyone has the impression that they can be a good judge and are not simply stuck a situation of blind trust. Democracy is today marked by the wide-spread feeling of competence. This is a radical revolution. We are interested in politics now that we think we have the means to take an interest in it. Whether the issue is economical, social or international politics, the feeling of being informed, of being able to argue and give a motivated opinion is now essential. This was already part of the impetus behind the 'no' vote against the European Constitution two years ago."

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