Marine Le Pen: why she will not be France’s next president

© Ernest Morales

© Ernest Morales

Considering the amount of discussion going on around the latest poll revealing that Marine Le Pen would lead the first round of the 2012 presidential elections, I have decided it was time to write an article on why I believe Marine Le pen will not be France’s next president, and if she does, hopefully by then I will not be living in France.

The are several reasons why I do not believe the results of this poll are to be taken quite so seriously, the first one being that we are still a full 14 months away from the election, and as anyone knows much can happen on the political scene in that time. Second of all, the poll was putting Marine Le Pen up against Martine Aubry as the Socialist Party’s candidate, when in fact they have not yet chosen one. But these are not the main reasons why I believe Marine Le Pen will not be president, the main reason is the poll itself. As Melissa Bounoua says in the Guardian, the French are in love with polls, implying that their results and meaning are perhaps less important then they are actually given credit for. Continue reading

The return of the Front National

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©Hugues-OC

This article was originally written for The Vibe and can be found here

In 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen surprised many by making it through to the second round of the French presidential elections with 16.86% of the vote, beating Lionel Jospin, then leader of the French Socialist Party. The results caused serious shock, and seemed to be a wake-up call to the political realities in France at the time: the French were tired of hearing the same rhetoric from the same politicians and wanted a change. There were also pressing issues such as insecurity and immigration, which led to a move to the far right by some of the French electorate. In the end however, France was spared a far right leader and Jacques Chirac went back to the Elysée. Continue reading

Haïti, le spectacle des princes

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La catastrophe enveloppe le regard mondial de son grand dédale et l’homme succombe à la fascination pour cette immensité naturelle, par la puissance imaginaire qu’elle suscite dans l’inconscient collectif. Il est évident que la dramatisation utile des médias éveille l’intérêt général de la communauté internationale, prenant pleine conscience de sa responsabilité envers les populations affectées et démunies.

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The future is in our hands

earth_in_our_handsReading the news and thinking about political topics, it strikes me how so much relies upon the younger generations, and how the future really is in our hands. Let me take two examples from current affairs that have brought me to this conclusion: the Arab-Israeli crisis, and the European elections. Both of these cases really need to make the most of the youth to promote their causes and help them to make progress. Continue reading

A new world order?

dusk-before-dawn-paris-franceOr in other words, how France has suddenly become the model everyone is turning to…

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that in Brazil, Carrefour supermarkets were huge and very popular, and also all over the country. “But this is a French brand, my local supermarket….” I thought to myself, still a little confused on how my regular local brand of supermarket made it all the way out to Brazil. Then I remembered that Carrefour is actually a French super champion and is widely exported all over the world. And little by little, more and more signs kept cropping up reminding me that France actually is one of the world’s “superpowers” as it has been self-proclaiming for years. Continue reading

Jack Bauer vs. Adam Carter

jack-bauerOr in other words, who is torturing who?

About a month ago, my attention was caught by an article on the BBC news website, called “Binyam blames UK for mistreatment”. This article was, as its title suggest, about the accusations made by Binyam Mohamed against the British government for collaborating on torture. The accusations made are very serious and this got me thinking once again on the question of torture. Who uses torture? Who does so openly and who does so very secretively? Is it really as taboo as we think it is? Continue reading

L’apparat et la politique

Est il un système démocratique contemporain qui puisse argumenter son action sans recourir systématiquement au pouvoir de l’image politique?

L’image politique a une existence ambivalente. Elle propose une manipulation simple des consciences collectives et suppose tout aussi bien l’indépendance du sujet qui la regarde, comme un simulacre du jugement qui lui est rendu possible par l’attention bien particulière qu’il portera à ce qu’il observe. Continue reading