December 14, 2013

The Rise and Rise of Marine Le Pen

Jeremy Jennings, Standpoint

The Associated Press

Since his election as president of the French Republic in May 2012 I have written twice in Standpoint about François Hollande. On each occasion I expressed serious reservations about both the man and the policies he intended to pursue. Friends in France responded in two ways. Some said that I was being unfair, that Hollande was a man of ability and determination who would see things through. Others insisted that, on the contrary, I was being far too generous, that I had understated Hollande's all-too-obvious weaknesses and deficiencies. Recent evidence suggests that it was the latter who were correct.

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