March 30, 2014

Tea Party Libertarianism Sweeps France

Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Is it possible that France is now importing the brand of conservative politics peculiar to Texas? Following their first round of local elections last Sunday, the French, at least at first glance, seem intent on doing so. Though a second round of voting will take place this Sunday, French voters have already spoken. What they had to say echoes what Texas conservatives, in particular the Tea Party stalwarts, have been saying for some time: Less federal government (whether D.C. or Brussels), more traditional values, and please, no more immigrants trying to change things around here.

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TAGGED: Europe, National Front, Marine Le Pen, France, Tea Party


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