Economic Hardship Becomes Political Extremism

One of the results of Sarkozy’s harsh austerity measures in France — aside from his own loss yesterday — was the best showing ever for the far-right, fascist party, which got more than 18% of the vote.  The party played down its anti-Semitic and racist views to focus on economic issues, especially leaving the Euro, saying that both major parties (Sarkozy and Hollande, who came in first) speak for the elites.

A very troubling development, but not really surprising.

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