I don’t know enough about French politics to understand whether the Fillon > Sarkozy news puts Le Pen in a better or worse position for next year, but that is chilling news either way. How great must our zeal for “unspecified change” be if suddenly the world is like, “ehhhhh Russia: maybe it ain’t so bad”?!
p.s. justincase you haven’t read it, this Peter Pomerantsev tome is in my “cannot put down” pile right now