Good day for Macron. Bad day for Le Pen. (Again)

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.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Good day for Macron. Bad day for Le Pen. (Again)

  1. Thanks for the good (IMHO) news about the overseas constituencies. I have to say I was not aware that they declared before the others, and find it somewhat surprising, in a country which is so cautious about exit polls and opinion surveys influencing voter behaviour, that they do so. Has this been an issue?

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  2. When the planning for these Elections was originally discussed (under a Socialist Government – yes, that long ago) it was intended that the 1.3 million French expats would vote electronically … but then everyone understandably became leery of that idea. So the only solution – in order to allow the run-off candidates to print and circulate their 2nd round statements – was to have the Round 1 Elections for the 11 non-French constituencies brought forward a week. And obviously the Round 1 results would have to be published.
    Somewhat late in the day, everyone has realised that publication of those results has introduced a dangerous novel element into the campaign. And there is something of an uncomfortable row.
    Either the President’s party will suffer because some who might have voted for LREM will stay at home … thinking that an overall majority for LREM (even without the help of Bayrou’s centrists in MoDem) is a foregone conclusion. Or the other parties will suffer an even more humiliating defeat … with their supporters believing that there’s no point at all in voting. Or neither of the above.

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