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French Election: Will the 'Left' Win?

This month’s French elections could result, if the Left wins, in a new government containing Ministers from the so-called Communist Party (PC). This would not be new, even for France, since there were PC Ministers from 1945 to 1947, but, if it comes about, it will represent the re-integration of the PC in France into normal capitalist politics, taking turns in running capitalism, from which they were excluded at the outbreak of the Cold War thirty years ago.

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Letter from Europe: France's Presidential Election

It is said that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. Well, history will repeat itself for a second time on 10 May when Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Francois Mitterrand face each other in the second round of the French presidential elections, just as they did seven years ago.

“Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible”

Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible

“Be realistic, demand the impossible” (Situationist graffiti, Paris, May 1968)

Marseilles in June: the French legislative elections and Euro 2012 on TV; a street market; the smell of tree blossom; voices in French and Arabic; the aroma of Provençal cookery or Maghrebi cuisine; and the anise flavour of pastis.

It is 25 years since my last visit to France when, as a student, the important things in life were “French”: the 'Cinema du look' of 'Diva', 'Betty Blue' and 'Subway,' which focused on alienated, marginalised young people in Mitterrand's France; the Existentialist philosophy of Sartre in La Nausée and of Camus in L'Etranger; Tom Vague articles on Situationism, and the May 1968 ‘événements'; and being fascinated by 'action directe' political violence.

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