France's Election: 1981 All Over Again?

Why write about 1981 today? Mitterrand’s surprise election more than 40 years ago could provide a template for a win by far-right Marine Le Pen at this year’s presidential election. There are, in fact, six parallels that can be drawn. It is important to note that the following comparison in no way concerns the substance of Mitterrand’s program in 1981 and Le Pen’s today. It is rather the electoral dynamics and drivers that we seek to compare. 


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