Puppyclaws wrote:Mutex wrote:CorruptUser wrote:Result? Macron in a landslide.
65% counts as a landslide I guess. Much less of a landslide than in 2002 (82% vs 18%). Hoping this is the high point of the FN and not the direction politics in France are going to continue.
I don't know why people keep bringing this comparison up; FN has gone way way way left in the past 15 years, so much so that Jean-Marie Le Pen was/is critical of it (and was expelled from it). It's still a far-right party, but it's no longer the party of open Holocaust denial. So yes, it is more appealing than when it was that party; it still lost in a landslide to a party/person whose broadest appeal according to exit polls was that he was not Marine Le Pen. It's not like the same FN party of 15 years ago just gained (less than) 17 points in the polls. And of course it was also low voter turnout because a lot of leftists didn't want Macron either. I think you really have to squint to think any good came of this for FN.
Has the FN shifted, or has it expanded? AFAICT, they do not have much worries about their racist flange, there is no serious alternative hovering up their old-time hardliner voters. That suggest that their move is more a matter of PR management, than a genuine change of course.