Once an islamophobic, homophobic, antisemitic racist … always an islamophobic, homophobic, antisemitic racist
Congratulations to BuzzFeed News France. They’ve examined the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the 573 Front National candidates in the Legislative Elections.
And the Front National has evidently not cleaned their Augean Stables well enough. More than 100 of their candidates still post, ‘like’ and ‘share’ what you’d expect islamophobic, homophobic, antisemitic, racists to post, ‘like’ and ‘share’. Here it all is in gloriously vile technicolour (in French – but non-French speakers will definitely get it).
The FN’s campaign manager, Bay, described the article on France Info as a ‘total lie’.
LREM off to an overseas flying start
The President and his Government could hardly have had a better start to the Legislative Elections.
In 11 of the 12 overseas constituencies (which all voted this weekend) – electing Députés for French voters living in other countries – LREM candidates led at the end of Round 1. The President’s Party candidates actually got over 50% of the vote in 8 constituencies. However, because of the extremely low turnout (19.1%) none of the candidates is yet elected and the top 2 progress to Round 2; you’re elected after getting 50% in Round 1 provided that represents 25% of the registered voters.
Yes it’s an extremely low turnout. But that really doesn’t mean very much in itself. These ‘overseas constituencies’ were first created in 2012, when 20.7% voted – before then, French people in other countries were represented by Senators. In 2012, there were 5 Députés elected from the right, 5 from the left and a Green. Looks like the swing to the LREM is so far (with no results declared) as near as dammit … infinite.