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Mélenchon went out of his way, in 2012, to demonise Marine Le Pen and the Front National. I think the calculation was that doing so would mobilise his voter base.

The problem is that the target audience for the Front de Gauche is largely the same as the Front National, in much the same way that Bernie Sanders appeals to many of the same votes that Donald Trump appeals to.

He was polling well, in the high to mid- teens, and then came the barrage of attacks on Marine Le Pen, which had the unfortunate effect of insulting a good number of his own potential voters.

We see similar dynamics elsewhere.

He finished at 11%.

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 11:04:41 AM EST
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