Hollande the Conqueror may be a hero in the CAR and Mali, but he's toxic in France.
The big winners in the municipal elections are allegedly the centre-right main opposition, but read between the lines and it's obvious that the real winners are the once-marginalized National Front.
We've said it before and we'll say it again; once the mainstream left makes itself irrelevant, the fringe right will pick up the pieces.
National Front is long past being on the fringes. The roots of the far right go deep in France. Yes, there is a substantial "silent majority" that will be in denial about that forever, but look at the election results and tell me who is in the ascendancy.
A big part of the reason is that the left cannot seem to come up with viable candidates who capture the imagination of the people. What did Hollande ever have to offer?
Those with even a marginal appreciation for the difference between left and right would have been putting their eggs in the Melenchon basket two years ago.