Politics at Home
Politics is present in many aspects of everyday life. Television is omnipresent and easily 75 percent of French people watch the news on a daily basis. Whether it be through current affairs programs, debates, election specials, talk shows, or political satire, it is easy for politics to invade the private life of families and couples thus providing opportunities for a variety of comments and reactions. These comments take various shapes: they might be approving, critical, sophisticated, politicized, or emotional. But the point is that it is hard to avoid the subject one way or another. Politicians themselves are well aware that they need to be part of this familial scene if they wish to succeed. Those who do not appear on television or who perform badly when they do, seem to have little or no chance of succeeding.
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