If nothing else, the far right should be able to organise a good mass rally. But I found Marine Le Pen’s last public meeting, before the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday, a slightly flat occasion. Of course, it had its moments of whipped-up enthusiasm. If a bunch of nationalists can’t give a raucous rendition of the world’s most stirring anthem (the Marseillaise) – then there is something badly awry. But although the Le Pen rally in Paris finished with the anthem, flag-waving and fireworks, the candidate’s big speech took a long while to get going. Read more
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