In France, the communist and Hugo Chavez fan Jean-Luc Melenchon is neck and neck with National Front’s Marine Le Pen and if he wins, promises to tax all income above $51,000 at 90%, nationalize still more industries and bring prosperity and happiness to all - well, almost all.
“Everyone will leave France? Oh come on, just the 1 percent,” said Marie Monteiro, 42, a mother-of-three who lives in Paris and usually votes Socialist. “The fear of a market collapse, of a run, these are all electoral tactics to frighten voters. Melenchon’s election would end injustices inflicted on the majority of the people.
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it, good and hard". H.L. Mencken.