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What really divides the French Left

Keeping up with the splits in the French Left is pretty well a full-time job, but courtesy of a poll by CSA for Le Parisien, I believe I can divine clear red water, as the tastes of the far left and the near left in thespians are really quite distinct.

Firstly, actresses.

Top of the heap for the Plain People of France is Sophie Marceau, most noted in these parts for 'Braveheart'. Fully 51% of Gauls like her best, as do 59% of the extreme left, but only 44% of Socialists. The only overtly political thing she appears to have done is to refuse to share a TV studio with Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Staying with actresses the average Briton is in with a sporting chance of having heard of, Catherine Deneuve is not especially divisive, whereas Liberals have a bit of a thing for Monica Bellucci - 35% vs the average of 26%. Socialists do not rate her - 15%. She seems pretty apolitical bar being upset about the Italian ban on sperm donations. Emmanuelle Beart (23%), notable for Manon des Sources, rouses the far left (27%) and the Gaullists (28%). She has a track record of leftish activism, but the Liberals (19%) are unimpressed.

Heading onto more purely French phenomena, Greens just love the unfortunately named Catherine Frot, at 37% to the national average of 23%, and Liberals have a thing for Cecile de France at 26% to 17%. She's une Belge, so I think the poll is cheating.

As to male board creepers, Dany Boon reigns supreme, courtesy of 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis' (see multiple passim) at 54%, but he is not flavour of the month with the far left - 45%, but very popular with Greens at 60%. Gaullists are fond of Depardieu at 38% to the national average of 29% but he seems to have upset the Liberals - 15%. Greens have it in for Daniel Auteuil at 14% to 26%. I can't find any references to his idea of fun being to fly tip toxic waste, but who knows?

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