- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (Chair Senate Intelligence Ctee, 29/03): ‘I think it’s safe by everybody’s judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections”
- ‘Melenchon. Superstar. Do you think you’re what they say you are?’ Sofres asks: Should he play a major role in future? NINETEEN points up in 1 month. [PS His reply: ‘Oui‘]
- It’s Not A Family Affair. Le Pen says 1. If I’m President, my Ultra-Hard-Right M.P. niece WON’T be a Minister and 2. I told my father our political relationship is over
- 2 weeks after Mr Fillon, and 5 days after Fillon’s substitute MP, Joulaud, Mme Fillon has 13 hours with the judges … and is ‘charged’ with 3 FakeJobsGate offences.
- Final TV debate (3 days pre Round 1, with 11 candidates): Melenchon refuses, Macron objects to Regulator, Fillon and Le Pen oppose. Only Hamon wants it: wonder why?
- Sarko addresses 300 lawyers: ‘Who will stop the media interfering in the functioning of justice? Who is courageous enough to write the “J’accuse” (sic) which this century needs?’
- Fillon’s campaign visits are now kept secret until the last minute to avoid casseroles and chants of ‘Fillon en prison’
- Macron says 14,000+ want to be En Marche candidates. 50% women. 50% not politicians. Most in place by Round 2. Each is to represent the En Marche Party alone – no other party
- Valls (Hollande’s-ex-PM) says the dangers of Le Pen/abstention requires him to vote (but not campaign for) Macron. FN/Républicains bellow: Macron’s nothing but Hollande 2.0
- Paris-Réunion-Mayotte-Paris (19,000 Km) in 2 days does your brain in. Macron comments on French Guiana’s serious strikes: calls it an ‘island’. Social media loves it
- Le Pen gives employers The Full Eurosceptic: My election’s … a chance to renegotiate with the EU what weighs down on our economy, our companies and French purchasing power
- It’s All In The Colours: 1. Old-style 2012 ‘Take Power‘ AND 2. New-style 2017 ‘The Power of the People‘. Oh Melenchon, what big teeth you’ve got! Could this be where it came from?
- Socialist Hamon (c. 10%) asks hard-left Melechon (c. 14%+)/CP to join him. Communist Laurent joins unity call. Melenchon says ‘Non‘. Hamon ‘profoundly’ regrets.
- Does Hamon also regret (last Sunday) saying: ‘3 candidates – Fillon, Melenchon & Le Pen – talk of their fascination for Putin, who’s just arrested 700 opponents’?
- Ipsos poll says 80%+ of the French believe their purchasing power has reduced in the last few years.
- 5 Years Is A Long Time In Politics. June 2012: Socialists (PS) win 27 of 39 large towns, 56 of 96 Departments, 21 of 22 Regions, Parliament … plus a Socialist President and PM
- Fillon-supporters express delight that Valls votes Macron. A major supporter claims this is ‘The kiss of death for Macron’ – anything Hollande-related makes the Right oppose
- ‘FN scandals: the documents which accuse Marine Le Pen’: 3 pages in Le Monde detail their frauds on EU taxpayers with FakeJobsGate (FNstyle): the judges investigate
- Hamon refers to the long list of charges which the FN will have to respond to some time: ‘In other countries that’s called the mafia. In France, it’s called the Front National’
- President Hollande apparently tells anyone who’ll listen that Macron will win – Hollande will say nothing publicly until after the 1st Round
- 2002 History Lesson. 30 days pre-Round 1 Le Pen has 10%. Some days before Round 1 he has 13.5% (4.5% behind Socialist Jospin). In Round 1 he gets 16.9% … Le Pen is in Round 2.
- France is still shocked by 2002’s Round 1 Election. Today it’s a commonplace that Le Pen’s daughter will be in Round 2 … and possibly win Round 1. That shocks me.
- Macron’s nickname at Rothschild’s was ‘the Mozart of finance’
- 58,000 readers of Le Figaro (conservative) have taken part in its online poll: Will the Socialist Party blow up? 91% said ‘Yes’
- P. 1 lead: ‘How the Presidential is wrecking the PS’ (Le Monde), ‘Valls supports Macron and plunges the PS into chaos’ (Figaro) ‘Requiem for the Socialists’ (Le Monde editorial)
- ‘The happy Presidential Election winner will have a country in a considerably better state than in 2012’ (Pres. Hollande’s spokesperson reflecting on his term). True Actually.
- Celebrity Corner: all about the Macrons’ 10 front covers of VSD, 4 x Paris Match, 2 x Closer 1 x Voici. In French … but the full-colour pictures speak in any language
- The United Protestant Church of France says a ‘catastrophe may be under way’ because of abstention and ‘the nationalist, xenophobic discourse of the ultra-right’
- Fillon’s ‘Volonté‘ (wish) for France – instantly, online, becomes ‘vol‘ (theft), ‘honte‘ (shame), ‘éhonté‘ (shameless). They’ve sure got it in for ‘im.
- Opinion Polls: Macron/Le Pen (25%), Fillon (18%), Melenchon (14+%). Macron wins Round 2. Employment/social protection issues still ahead of law & order/immigration.
50 Fun Facts? Actually only 30. Sorry. A fake headline just for a bit of alliteration.
My favourite commentator: Gérard Courtois (Le Monde)
‘No candidate has so far succeeded in either presenting an inspiring enough programme, or imposing a sufficiently striking issue, in order to crystallise the national debate. We must therefore accept the risk of the Presidential Election being played out on a throw of the dice. Or rather millions of throws. All thrown by disorientated voters at the end of a campaign as ill-defined as it has been poor.’
The French have literally the same problem as the Brits
A discussion on when litérallement can be used (in French).
The French love our ‘soft power’ Royals
For those who missed their dose of Paris Match, here are 2 videos and 121 photos of ‘Kate and William’s visit to Paris’ … just scroll down (provided you can get past the possibly shocking news that George won’t be going to the same school as his father).
French Lessons Wanted
And some fell on stony ground. My appeal for grammatical assistance, buried deep in Day 41, has received a deeply underwhelming response. A simple question. Why can’t this read: ‘Un train peut cacher un autre‘. If the answer’s just too humiliatingly easy, send a private message.