No Winner, Just Losers


Far-right National Front presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen

Ah, the glories of crisis. After a deadening presidential campaign that moved French voters to derision rather than participation, National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen's stunning passage to the runoff round next Sunday has belatedly set France's political blood pumping — and maybe flowing. Hundreds of thousands were on the streets last week, and a million could be marching against Le Pen on May Day this week, when clashes are likely with his National Front (FN) militants honoring Joan of Arc. "I've got my hammer out already, made of hard African wood," says Gilles Rohaut, 50, owner of a snackbar near...

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