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There are major differences between the French and American political culture which reflect into their respective political agendas. I am not sure their minds or political programs fully fall into the definition of "ideologies". I sum it up like this. Similarities: Protectionism Isolationism Identity politics Anti-immigration Anti-NATO Extreme vetting or ...


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The funding of political parties is strictly organized by the law in France. Even a former President can be prosecuted, and potentially sent to jail, for cheating with the regulations. In the outtakes of a documentary about Mr. Bannon by Alison Klayman, Bannon is filmed discussing Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National financial difficulties, and being ...


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LePen is selling a brand of nationalism oriented towards the "good old days" when France mattered more, not necessarily because it was better off, but because fewer nations were successful overall, so France looked better. It's emotional, rather than necessarily fact-based. With that said, let's take some areas Economics Every French school child learns ...


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Given that all the other parties were either neutral or supported Macron, and was branded an enemy of the republic, how did she gain an addition 12% or so? Voters aren't beholden to parties. It's quite possible that 12% of the voters preferred François Fillon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, etc. in the first round but preferred Marine Le Pen to Emmanuel Macron in ...


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Those percentages are the percentages in expressed votes. They do not take into account the blank or null votes (11.5 percent of the votes casted, 4.07 million votes, all-time highest score), as well as the participation (down to 74.6%, lowest in quite a long time). Those are not really relevant to study "additional votes", even though it is the criteria ...


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As stated in the Le Parisien article mentioned in the BBC article you linked, a medical exam is simply something that a prosecutor must order as part of an investigation for the type of offense that Le Pen is being investigated for. However, since the point of the medical exam is to provide proper prison care in the event of a conviction I'm sure there are ...


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There's some significant difference between Trump and Le Pen, due in no small part to the major differences between France and the US France, like a lot of Europe, is dealing with immigrant problems, most notably ISIS attacks being carried out by some in the growing Muslim population. For better or worse, these attitudes translate into a fear of said groups....


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Officially she wanted something more inviting, that would a) bring people together more - Hence Rassemblement National (National Gathering) vs Front National (National Front, as in it's a war) - and b) relieve the party of the stigma associated with its name (because it is widely perceived as racist and antisemite, because of the despicable reputation of its ...


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They are similar in that they are both Nationalists and Populists. Populism is a political doctrine that proposes that the common people are exploited by a privileged elite, and which seeks to resolve this. The underlying ideology of populists can be left, right, or center. Its goal is uniting the uncorrupt and the unsophisticated "little man" against the ...


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We can't read her mind, so I'm basing this answer on the political program published on her website. You might argue that she may include points in her program that she does not actually wish to implement, or on the other side hide things she wants to implement, in order to gain popularity, and you'll probably be right. The same could be said with any ...


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Even without looking at the actual numbers in this election, the confusion seems to come, as others have indicated, form you looking at percentages as actual votes. Let's say there are 5 candidates and a hundred voters, and 3 candidates get 19 votes, one gets 21 and one gets 22 votes. Now the absolute numbers are equal to the percentages, so the candidates ...


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France is a sovereign nation. It is free to set whatever policies it sees fit. The president of France, as the head of state, is in charge of setting those policies. Therefore Le Pen would be free to recognize Crimea as territory of Russia if she became president. The fact that France is in the EU doesn't really come into play here. The EU does not have ...


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Extremism is a pretty straight-forward concept. Pedagogically, I have often seen students have a hard time with the concept because the reality of extremism is different than their (often naive) beliefs. The common naive* view is that there is some belief that is extreme. This is common because it is intuitive: a sufficiently uncommon belief is so uncommon ...


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Firstly I must say that I am probably more biased than everybody would like on this question as I was a proponent for brexit. I know more of the advantages for leaving than I do disadvantages and I do believe this is because I research more on the leave side. Secondly, after reading the answers above, eloquently written, fair and quite factual as they are, ...


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A few elements in addition to @Denis de Bernardy's answer: Rassemblement (Rally) is common in French parties' name. For example, Wikipedia lists 22 active parties containing the word in their name. For example, the Republicans used to be called Rassemblement pour la Republique (Rally for the Republic) from 1976 to 2002. Marine Le Pen quite successfully used ...


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Because it's mostly used in vague way, to attack political opponent du jour. In 2012, America's left wing attacked Mitt Romney as "extremist" (in my personalized search results, 40-50% hits describe Romney as extremist or having extremist views - including New York Times, Slate, HuffPost just on page 1). The most charitable thing was said by Slate, that ...


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