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I think it has nothing to do with economics, actually.

It has to do with fear of foreigners - which I imagine is highest amongst older french generations, where racism is probably more acceptable, and they have lived at least part of their life in a France that had very few non-European immigrants. And relatedly, it has to do with "law and order" and the fact that Sarkozy is seen as having a hard hand on these kind of issues, at least more so than Royal.

So its down to these two factors, I think.

by Ben P (wbp@u.washington.edu) on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 01:46:27 AM EST
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