Random numbers 1 – just one triangulaire with 3 candidates in Sunday’s run-off election (34 in 2012) 2 – every 2nd voter … didn’t vote. Since 2002 – and the creation of the 5 year Presidency with Legislative Elections straight after the Presidential – the abstention level has accelerated: 2002 36%; 2007 40%; 2012 43%; 2017 51.3% 3 – an element tarnishing Macron’s horizon is that … Continue reading Within a very few days French politics will be profoundly different. And then comes the difficult bit.
In the juridico-political jungle biggish beasts are being stirred (and possibly shaken). Continue reading Have still more of them been ‘at it’?
‘Emanuel wanted to save Greece’ (Yanis Varoufakis) Continue reading Day 5 – Pre-Debate Jitters: so much hangs on this
‘30% of all voters want Le Pen to win and 17% don’t care about the result’ (BVA 26-28 April). ‘Actually, only 47% of potential electors have definitely chosen to vote for Macron with 33% for Le Pen … the others are still hesitating between the two or a blank ballot paper … the gap can still considerably narrow’ (Odoxa 26-27 April) Continue reading Day 8 – It (definitely) ain’t over. The gap is narrowing.
Lots of blue all over the Round 2 posters indicates security and calm. Continue reading Day 10 – Blue is the colour of my …
President Hollande on the campaign: ‘What have we talked about? Scandals, people being charged, pretend secret Government operations … My role is to talk about the risks we might be taking.’ Continue reading Day 21 – Three Men (and a Woman) in a … Pocket-Handkerchief
What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom? Countdown to a nightmare. Continue reading Day 23 – Perm any 2 from 4? Still looks like Macron v Le Pen.
Another broken promise. I swore you’d never more hear again of the ‘estimable’ Mr Guaino: erstwhile wannabe President, Sarkozy Hard-Right-Speechwriter and still a local MP. Continue reading Day 25 – Eleven days to Round One
Fillon leaps on to his seat, standing head and shoulders above the crowd, he raises his arms triumphally aloft and clenches his fists. They love it. Continue reading Day 27 – The Official Campaign started at midnight on 9 April