Will you forgive the brief flicker of a smile in these pages? As we know from assiduously unbiased reporting, there are moderate, common sense, middle of the road population replacement parties. And then there are the hate-filled political expressions of those bigots not wanting to be replaced in the lands of their ancient fathers. These latter are called far right. What parties are “far-left” you ask? I don’t know what those words mean.
Though more importantly neither do our loyal countrymen in the media. There is only the scientifically notational far-right. And in France, the Corsican Ogre may have just landed at Cape Juan.
PARIS (Reuters) – The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France’s upper house of parliament on Sunday, as President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party lost its Senate majority.
The left still controls the lower house, which is the dominant legislative body in France, but Sunday’s ballot underlined the unpopularity of the president and the continued rise of the anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front.
The party, led by Marine Le Pen, took two seats in the august Senate, following on from its surprise victory in European parliamentary elections in May and its strong showing in municipal elections in March.
“These results are beyond what we hoped for,” said Le Pen. “Each day that passes, our ideas are increasingly being adopted by the French people… We have great potential.”
Half of the Senate’s 348 seats were up for grabs on Sunday, with only some 158,000 people, the vast majority local councillors, able to vote.
Early results showed that the main opposition party, the UMP, and the center-right UDI party took at least 20 seats from the left, which had a Senate majority of just six heading into the election. Final results were due later on Sunday.
“There is a complete rejection of Socialist policies,” UMP senator Roger Karoutchi told BFM TV.
Hollande’s popularity fell to a record low this month, with only 13 percent of those surveyed saying they were satisfied with the performance of president, who has struggled to revive the stagnant economy.
The National Front has successfully capitalized on growing discontent over unemployment and resentment over immigration, and hopes to score an upset in the 2017 presidential election.
“There is only one door left for us to push and it is that of the Elysee,” said newly-elected National Front senator Stephane Ravier, referring to the French presidency.
If–and the conjunction bears enormous weight–if Le Pen could take the presidency without a Faustian bargain, then affairs in Europe could start becoming interesting. And on the chance the French–the actual French–start becoming agitated in the manner of precedent, note how that “far right” designation dissolves into “conservative” and then “Tribune of the People.” Nothing could exceed the universal joy.
The following headlines allegedly appeared in the French newspaper Moniteur in March of 1815. These banners announced Napoleon’s return from Elba to Paris.
March 9 The Monster has escaped from his place of banishment.
March 10 The Corsican Orge has landed at Cape Juan
March 11 The Tiger has shown himself at Gap. The Troops are advancing on all sides to arrest his progress. He will conclude his miserable adventure by becoming a wanderer among the mountains.
March 12 The Monster has actually advanced as far as Grenoble
March 13 The Tyrant is now at Lyon. Fear and Terror seized all at his appeaance.
March 18 The Usurper has ventured to approach to within 60 hours’ march of the capital.
March 19 Bonaparte is advancing by forced marches, but it is impossible he can reach Paris.
March 20 Napoleon will arrive under the walls of Paris tomorrow.
March 21 The Emperor Napoleon is at Fountainbleau
March 22 This evening His Majesty the Emperor made his public entry and arrived at the Tuileries. Nothing can exceed the universal joy.