La Campagne

Manu Saadia
All about the 2022 French presidential election
Created 12 Oct 2021
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  • Quick update: Can Valérie Pécresse win?
    04 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    On Saturday, Les Républicains, the legacy Gaullist party designated a woman, Valérie Pécresse, as its candidate for the presidential election. Only dues-paying militants and members of the party could...
  • Immigration and the sinews of history
    02 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 9 1
    LA CAMPAGNE returns to talk about the big questions. So let's talk about immigration in France. In a recent article, Le Monde interviews a well-off retiree from Antibes — France’s response to Palm Bea...
  • Immigration in far-away France
    16 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 6 0
    I started LA CAMPAGNE as an attempt to explore the difficult stuff. I try to bring to light salient aspects of French politics that are usually ignored by non-French media outlets. I also try to point...
  • Polling update 11/11: Zemmour losing steam
    11 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    The Nouvel Observateur just released its monthly presidential poll (see it in full here.) The main takeaway is that far-right polemicist Éric Zemmour seems to be falling back down to Earth while Marin...
  • Gaullism at a crossroads
    09 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 11 0
    It’s a banality to say that a presidential election is about the future. That truism nevertheless takes on a lugubrious resonance for those contenders, parties and candidates, who seem stuck in the pa...
  • polling update 11/4
    04 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The latest polls are in. Macron remains in first place in the first round (at 23% to 24%) while Éric Zemmour has solidified his lead over Marine Le Pen on the far right: 17% to 18% for the polemist, 1...
  • The French Left in the time of monsters: Anne Hidalgo and the decline of the Socialist Party
    02 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and the official candidate of the Socialist Party, gave a high profile TV and radio interview on Sunday. In it she called Éric Zemmour a “guignol” — That was the main ...
  • The Godfathers
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 6 1
    In this installment of LA CAMPAGNE, we dwell on a bit of electoral law arcana. You'll see why. A few key rules govern candidacies to the presidential election. The first and perhaps the most important...
  • Zemmour, Le Pen and the French bourgeoisie
    25 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 11 0
    Foreign readers could not have missed the rise, seemingly out of nowhere, of far right journalist Éric Zemmour. According to a poll published last Friday in Le Monde, he is running neck and neck with ...
  • COVID and the French presidential election
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    During the terrible months of lockdowns in France, there was a lot of hopeful talk of “le monde d'après” – the world after COVID. Those days and nights of physical isolation led many to contemplate th...
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