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Thanks for that I do have a dog in the race, my Son lives and works in Rennes.

Sep 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

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It's hard to say what will happen, I suspect that Marine Le Pen will be one of the two in the final run-off. Hollande and Valls are very unpopular, as low as 12% approval earlier in the summer. Hollande still semi-popular in Limousin but he is a local boy. Sarkozy and Juppe are contesting the the nomination from the Right. Not sure who is leading, recently Sarkozy went ahead in the polls, but they featured on BFMTV at the end of last week. Sarkozy still has to put corruption charges behind him (I think). The Brexit vote may be too far in the past to influence things if negotiations drag on it may actually harm Le Pen. I you told me I had to pick a winner I might go Le Pen, unless something major happens before the election.

As an aside something that didn't go down well was Britain's Olympic success and France's failure.

Sep 25, 2016 at 6:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

An interesting article at Sunrise's Swansong although you may have to read some of its precursors to get the full story.

Sep 25, 2016 at 5:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

ACK, please consider the possibility that your ukip answer fails to address the question.

Inequality is not an issue for me. It is important that no-one should starve or be homeless, but if they reach some minimum standard it does not matter if others (deserving or not) have more. And if I have to pay, under duress, so that some other is maintained who could work but chooses not to, I do not want to hear moans about inequality or be painted with guilt for my callousness. I am a heroine of the welfare state, one who funds it.

Sep 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

rhoda. Because we are a caring society that attempts to look after the less fortunate and disabled. To leave people on a scrapheap is Dickensian, harking back to the worst excesses of the Victorian era when Darwinian ideas were used as an excuse to do nothing or actually make things worse. It's not the wrong end of the stick, its not using a stick to increase inequality.

Sep 25, 2016 at 5:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterACK

rhoda. I observe the main players within UKIP, what they have said, but most importantly how their supporters behave and what they say (including some here on BH). Policies (other than retreating from Europe as soon as possible and at what seems any cost) I don't really think they have any - not fully thought out anyway. They always excuse themselves as being a young party.

Sep 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterACK

I would be interested in your take on French politics. Has ex-president Sarkozy go a chance (I understand he is now a climate change sceptic) and what is the impact of Marine Le Pen. I understand that the French populace is ambivalent about continued membership of the EU is that your take ?

Sep 25, 2016 at 4:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

If you are going to call a party hard right, you should be able and willing to at least define the term and illustrate why that party fits the description.

You cannot put the EU question in terms of left and right.

I never understand why the people who pay the tax ought to feel guilt about the ones who just take the benefits. Wrong end of the stick entirely.

Sep 25, 2016 at 4:56 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

OK Strewgreen, split hairs. I will rephrase : "I weep for (the future lack of) a strong parliamentary opposition". UKIP does not provide this since it is Tories strong.

Sep 25, 2016 at 4:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterACK

ACK, the EU has always been the Conservative's big issue of internal conflict, threatening major ideological splits. Cameron sought a decisive victory, to end all divisions. He got one, and more than 50% of the population got what they had wanted for years. The Conservatives do not need to lurch to the Right to appease Brexiteers, and the Centre ground has now been vacated by Labour.

Hollande is now having to deal with EU immigrants at Calais rather than help them into the UK. He has had to do something, out of fear of FREXIT supporters gaining support and exiting him from power.

Proper research funding may be returned to proper scientists, as Climate Science continues on it's Death Spiral.

You should join me in being grateful to UKIP for what it achieved. You don't need to join UKIP or vote for them, or be frightened of them! UKIP are not in Government.

The Momentum Labour Party on the other hand, will have it's Reign of Terror, and the entire country will suffer the strikes and chaos, without Labour even getting elected.

Sep 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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