Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

Gideon Rachman

One poll can be dismissed as a freak. But now a second opinion poll in France has suggested that Marine Le Pen, the new leader of the National Front (succeeding her dad, Jean-Marie) would top the polls in the first round of the presidential election – beating President Sarkozy and any conceivable Socialist candidate into second and third place. 

If you want to understand 19th-century Russia would you do better to read a history book, or to read War and Peace? The history would give you the facts. But the Tolstoy might provide a more profound understanding.