Your writing is lively and graceful. Apparently , the left is doing better than expected. Why. Please speculate.

Sometimes I think that a party will be at its strongest when people will assume that it is a spent force. For example, I read that in the late 60's, the French left was considered quiescent and almost moribound because Charles De Gaulle had assumed such tight-fisted control over the country. And then, in May 1968, France exploded with revolution .

I am no expert on France or on Europe. Since you are stationed in France, please tie French developments to American developments, and global developments, so your readers in other parts of the world can understand the IMPLICATIONS of a French political event for political affairs in other parts of the wor.ld.

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