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Once Again, From a Distance

Martinique and the French Presidential Election of 2007

William Miles

In May 2007, Martinique did not follow the rest of France in endorsing Nicolas Sarkozy in his bid to become president. Along with the other overseas French states Guadeloupe and Réunion (but not Guyane), Martinique supported rather the Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal. Martinique thereby distanced itself from the rest of the République—as it had done in 1995—by backing a left-wing presidential candidate rather than the ultimately victorious right-wing one. 2007 represents the converse of 1981, when Martinique voted for the rightist candidate but France as a whole elected a leftist (François Mitterrand). Over time, being at electoral odds with the nation as a whole has become less troubling for Martinicans: independence, which most islanders oppose, is no longer seen at stake in presidential outcomes. On the other hand, Martinicans have become progressively resigned to their peripheral status within French presidential politics.

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Irwin M. Wall

The French elections of 2012 resulted in an unprecedented and overwhelming victory by France's Socialist Party, which gained control of the presidency and an absolute majority in the National Assembly to go with the party's existing domination of most of France's regions and municipalities. But the Socialist Party remains a minority party in the French electoral body politic, its victory the result of a skewered two-ballot electoral system. The Socialist government, moreover, remains hampered in its action by its obligations toward the European Union and its participation in the zone of countries using the Euro as it attempts to deal with France's economic crisis. As a consequence of both of these phenomena the government may also be sitting atop a profound political crisis characterized by the alienation of a good part of the electorate from the political system.

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transformation from serving as a protest party to occupying a direct policymaking role. Keywords : Front national, Marine Le Pen, French radical Right, French elections, French local elections

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Migration and Citizenship in “Athens of Crisis”

An Interview with Vice Mayor Lefteris Papagiannakis

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Nina Papachristou

. Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo had a huge fight with the socialist prime minister before the French election. And I think she will continue to do the same with the new French government because she has a different view of refugees and migrants than they do

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A New Blue-Collar Force

The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class

Philipp Adorf

Samuel Dodge 2017: “Five Maps That Show Why Macron Beat Le Pen,” Bloomberg , 8 May 2017; available at https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-french-election-maps/ , accessed 23 February 2018. 32 See Ipsos, “2nd tour présidentielle 2017: sociologie

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Commoning in New York City, Barcelona, and Paris

Notes and observations from the field

Ida Susser

of the Left and the emergence of a new progressive party. Before 2016, despite or because of the election of a socialist president, there was a marked absence of a strong progressive movement. In contrast, after Nuit Debout, in the French elections of