The Last-Ditch Candidate

Social democrat Benoit Hamon—someone who supports a universal basic income, 32 hour work week and tax on companies that replace workers with automation—upset former prime minister Manuel Valls to win France’s left-wing primary and become the Socialist Party’s presidential nominee this spring. I wrote about what it means in my debut for Jacobin.

 

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Who Can Beat Le Pen? A Guide To France’s High-Stakes Right-Wing Primary

On both sides of the Atlantic, you can feel the political winds shifting. Growing from breeze to bluster, they carry the hints of a long-forgotten stench in the West. After Brexit and Trump, they’re on to France, where it’s almost certain that the far-right populist Marine Le Pen will qualify for the second round of the country’s two-step presidential election next May. Continue reading