Originally posted September 15, 2014.
Seventy-four percent of French believe this is so. And an even greater number of French lack faith in Socialist president Hollande. I hear both themes repeated often when Debbie and I are in Paris. The French most certainly know they have made a mistake with their lax immigration policy and an equally large mistake in electing the ineffective Hollande. What is to be done about either remains to be seen. In the interim, I am observing a swelling tide of interest in the hard right National Front. Debbie and I were in Paris during a recent brown-shirt National Front rally outside the Tullieries Garden. Pretty scary. These people are not fooling around. Front National, as the party is referred to in France, adopts a hard-line law-and-order approach and is strongly nationalistic and anti-immigration. I have heard that Front National now controls about twenty-five percent of the voter base and is effectively building its position. Given conditions in France today, Front National is likely to make big strides in 2014. Here you get pretty accurate look at what is happening in France.