French Elections: Le Pen and the Far Right, a Collapsed Center, and the Rise of a New Left?

April 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM

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Eric Draitser sits down with political commentator and activist Dr. Moustafa Traore to discuss the French presidential elections, the likely outcomes, and the broader political significance both nationally and internationally. Eric and Moustafa examine the latest poll numbers and what they tell us about the political mood in France. They discuss the prospects for Marine Le Pen and the insurgent left wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the impact of Brexit and Trump on the campaign, and the class character of Le Pen’s base. The conversation also explores the ongoing corruption scandals which have negatively impacted candidates, the role of immigrants and French people of color, parallels to Labour (UK) and the Democratic Party (US) and so much more. Don’t miss this timely episode of the podcast.

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