French hor­rors

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT LEADERS -

Just how much the act of vot­ing mat­ters is rammed home by the elec­tion across the Chan­nel. It is far from im­pos­si­ble that the first round of vot­ing in France on Sun­day will de­liver a run-off be­tween a fas­cist and a hard core Stal­in­ist. At the very least, it does seem more than likely that Marine Le Pen will end up in that con­test — and thus tan­gi­bly close to the El­y­see. That thought is fright­en­ing. De­spite the makeover, Ms Le Pen is leader of an au­then­ti­cally fas­cist party and her re­cent re­marks about “France” not be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the roundup of Jews at the Vel d’Hiv in 1942 re­mind us that she is her fa­ther’s daugh­ter. Democ­racy is pre­cious, and can never rest on its lau­rels.

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