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The "hunger games" aspect of this French election cycle began on the left. President Francois Hollande was brought down by his own Socialist Party. then, the corpse of one of France's two major parties, no longer merely supine, had reached an advanced state of decomposition. Now, at the very moment when one might expect a presidential candidate to tell the nation what he thinks of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Islamic radicals, the Socialist candidate, the wan Benoit Hamon, finds nothing better to talk about than legal marijuana, red sludge, and endocrine disruptors.Their integrity, however, will not be impugned by a gentle reminder that they, too, are human beings, susceptible to human passions and resentments; that the considerable power they wield tends, as all power does, to reach as far as it can; and that, as a consequence, they have become fully enmeshed in a campaign from which, invoking Montesquieu, they should strive scrupulously to hold themselves at a distance.But we, citizens and voters – each and every one of us – are the worst part of this entire picture.
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