France is Different: Communism and the Front de Gauche

I am a visitor here so I try to notice things without passing judgement. This poster showed up in the village the other week:

It is for France’s political party “Front de Gauche” or “Left Front”. It has obvious Communist symbols with the red rectangle background and the star in the corner (compare with other communist flags).

Seeing this poster made me wonder who are these folk were. I asked the Mayor about them and he described them as a small party of the far left of politics. It turns out the Front de Gauche is a political alliance of far Left political parties, including the Communists. In the 2007 French legislative elections, 1.1 million people voted for the Communists.

Within a week the poster had been covered up with some flyer for a musical event at a local town hall. I was disappointed that I hadn’t got a photo before it went, but then three days later it had reappeared. Someone tore down the music event poster and put a new FdG poster in its place. There are some persistent Gauchists nearby.


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