A Tale of Two Frances:Marine Le Pen 6.2 % in Paris, 27.5 % in Vaucluse

When one analyses the first round French presidential election results in detail and examines the vote in the major cities and compares it with the regions some very striking differences emerge which illustrate the divide in French society today. For example, in the city of Paris, the great metropolis of France, the National front is a minor player which receives no more than 7.43 % of the vote even in the arrondisements where the vote of Nicholas Sarkozy is weaker, like for example the thirteenth arrondisement in the south east of Paris around Place d’Italie. But if one leaves the metropolis and heads to the south of France or the high unemployment regions in the north, the National Front vote soars into the 20 plus percentage range like for example Vaucluse in Provence north of Marseille where Marie Le Pen scored 27.5 % of the vote. At that level of support the National front will elect many members of municipal councils, as well as some  seats in the national assembly and its influence will likely increase. It is therefore a worrisome development considering the ultra right origins of the Front and its positions on immigration and immigrants. The fact that it receives considerable support from those from the less well educated members of the working class and more marginal workers needs to be addressed by politicians from the more centrist leaning parties who have advocated policies which have stressed these vulnerable  members of French society. Unemployment in this region  of France has been above 10.4 % since the second quarter of 2009. In the fourth quarter of 2011 it stood at 11.2 %. The Parisien rate is somewhat  lower. In the north Le Pen also got well above 20 % in regions like Pas de Calais where unemployment is 12.7 %  and Somme where unemployment is also elevated.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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