France’s Bernie Sanders Started His Own Party and Is Surging in the Polls

JEAN-LUC MÉLENCHON, an insurgent left-wing candidate for France’s presidency, is surging. His candidacy, organized under the newly-established party La France Insoumise (“Unsubmissive France”) has gone from a quixotic bid to a viable challenge in just a few months. Railing against growing economic inequality, participation in foreign wars, and political corruption, Mélenchon has skyrocketed in the polls from distant fourth to within a hair’s breadth of the frontrunners. (This rise has been accompanied by the release of a web-based video game called “Fiscal Kombat” where Mélenchon fights corrupt politicians and bankers.)The Financial Times demonstrated his surge through an aggregation of French national opinion polls [ . .  . ]

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How a flirty TV presenter is boosting the image of boring French politicians

Her interviews have been likened to watching a couple who had met on Tinder

Satirist Anne Roumanoff joked that seeing her interview a politician was like “watching a couple who had met on Tinder”, referring to the speed-dating mobile phone app.
Others think the danger is more profound: that serving soft questions to experienced politicians allows them to manipulate voters.
There have been tears, lots of them. Right-wing candidate Bruno Le Maire sobbed while discussing his wife, while leftist maverick Arnaud Montebourg choked up about the Continue reading “How a flirty TV presenter is boosting the image of boring French politicians”