The Impotence of Francois Hollande
Liberté, Égalité…Infidélité?
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  • free_agent

    You write, “the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen leading the race”.

    It’s not clear to me that the French are willing to adopt neo-liberal policies, even if that is the only thing that would solve their economic problems. This seems to resemble Argentina, which has followed Peronist policies into disaster multiple times, and yet Peronism remains very popular.

    • TommyTwo

      Indeed. “Right wing” or “conservative” does not necessarily to (neo)liberal free-market economics. The Front National is perhaps best described as populist.

      “Not only is he trying to goad his countrymen down a path of neoliberal
      supply-side reforms which they, in voting for him, did not sign up for”

      The French are very unhappy with their situation. Sarkozy tried to move to the economic right (as Americans would define it); they were unhappy with that. Hollande initially tried to move to the economic left; they were unhappy with that. Joie de vivre?

  • Bruce

    I would ding Hollande in an opinion poll if asked, because I am jealous of his love life. In general, the French wants things easy and they rely on government to provide that for them. It can work for a while, but not forever. They either need to do more things for themselves or live with Hollande’s tax increases. Eventually, even with confiscatory taxation as they are seeing, it still doesn’t work. France needs Libertarianism. LOL

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