Fifteen consecutive opinion polls during April have confirmed that the ‘no’ vote in the French referendum on the Constitutional Treaty stands at some 53 per cent …. An improbable alliance of right and left is tapping the mood that French travails in general, and unemployment in particular, are because France cannot be true to an idea of France. France has been locked in quasi economic stagnation for more than a decade; unemployment is 10 per cent and youth unemployment even higher.
So economic stagnation is increasing the power of the far right (Le Pen) and far left (anti-market) against the center. This echos a prior European era in which war was “obsolete”. I bet Le Pen is stronger than the communists. The situation does not make me comfortable.