|The first round of voting takes place in France's presidential election next weekend on Sunday the 22nd of April.
In the last week, the ten presidential candidates have all had exactly the same amount of coverage on France's broadcasting media regardless of their status in the opinion polls recently.
The latest opinion polls show the nationalist Front National leader Marine Le Pen on 15-16%, running level with Jean-Luc Melenchon, the candidate from the Communist Party-backed Left Front, who is also fighting a stridently nationalist campaign against the globalist French political establishment. The two front-runners, the globalist conservative candidate Nicholas Sarkozy and the equally globalist socialist candidate Francois Hollande, are on 26% and 28% respectively. Assuming those two candidates make the second round of voting, votes from both the nationalist Right and the nationalist Left will ultimately determine who will become the next President of France on May the 6th.
Moreover, many political observers have not yet dismissed the possibility of a last minute surge in support for Marine Le Pen, who is also polling 25% amongst young voters aged between 18 and 24, the highest poll ratings of all the candidates amongst that group of voters.
In the past, the Front National's electoral support has been underestimated by pollsters and, in 2002, Marine's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who stepped down from the party's leadership last year, shocked the world by reaching the final stage of voting at the expense of the socialist candidate, Lionel Jospin, to face the conservative candidate Jacques Chirac, who subsequently won the contest. A repeat of that breakthrough would see Marine Le Pen propelled into the final stage of voting probably at the expense of the establishment conservative candidate, Nicholas Sarkozy, who, like Chirac in 2002, is also the defending incumbent and widely regarded as a political disappointment during his time as French President.
Amongst the other candidates, Francois Bayrou, whose party is the French equivalent of the British Liberal Democrats, who polled strongly in the last Presidential contest in 2007, has dropped below 10% in the opinion polls, while the other candidates barely register at all. They include Eva Joly, the Green candidate on 2%; Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, an anti-Sarkozy conservative on 1%; Philippe Pou and Nathalie Arthaud, from the divided factions of the trotskyite communist far-left and both on 1%; and the veteran Jacques Cheminade, a supporter of the cultish American politician, Lyndon LaRouche, who is almost certain to finish rock bottom last in the first round of voting next week.
You can watch a very interesting documentary on the political life of Jean-Marie Le Pen and the history of the Front National.
If your French is not very good or even non-existent, you can follow the rest of the presidential campaign in English from a nationalist viewpoint.
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