David McWilliams: What drives France’s outsiders to Le Pen

Besides the horror of Nice, economic factors will drive hard-pressed people outside the nation’s golden circles

17th July, 2016
The media called Brexit wrong. Will it do the same with the fresh trauma of the Nice attack? Picture: Getty

Will the terrorist attack in France affect the outcome of the next French presidential election? Will the average French person be swayed by the atrocity to vote for Marine Le Pen as the only candidate who will “stand up” to terrorism? My sense is that, as with Brexit, the mainstream media is misjudging the electorate. The central media position on Le Pen is that while the National Front will do well in the first round...

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