The Schadenfreude is mounting as I watch the weeping and gnashing of teeth at Jean-Marie Le Pen coming second in the French presidential elections. I almost hope he wins (since I don't have to live there). The only problem I foresee is the Left trying to conflate Le Pen's modest success with the rise of centre-right parties in the rest of Europe. Le Pen isn't even right-wing in the US/UK conservative sense. He's more accurately a reactionary old goat hankering for La Gloire Française. He's anti-globalisation, anti-American and pro-tariffs. Of course, there are now calls to 'reform' the voting system to stop this sort of thing happening again - read today's Telegraph. You couldn't make this stuff up.
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