I know it's all cool to not read and ever leave 'Merica, lest you run into someone who speaks a foreign language or believes in science, but we here at cliffschecter.com take a slightly different view.
You could call it un-Republican or a synonym, un-retarded.
We actually realize what happens abroad has an impact here, and around the world. So with that, I send you to a great Kos diary, that will help you understand the stakes, players, media and strategy involved in the upcoming presidential election in France.
Fun Story: Their version of David Duke, a wonderful man by the name of Jean-Marie Le Pen, sometimes gets too many votes for comfort in the South of the country (he actually snuck into the presidential runoff in 2002).
So when I was living in England in 1993, I traveled over to France at least half a dozen times. As I was a college student at the University of Pennsylvania at the time, I wore my typical beat up, blue Penn sweat shirt. One day I was in Paris, and some kids started yelling epithets at me, and I thought they were going to attack me. I had to try and explain in my--at the time--broken French, that Penn was not equal to Pen. A good time for everyone.
Luckily, if I remember that part of my life correctly, I was probably drunk.