In under two weeks, a deeply-indifferent France will finally arrive at the moment not too many care about. The 9th set of Euro-Elections for the little-loved European Parliament. Few, excepting those directly involved, ever get really excited by Euro-Elections. However, pollsters Ifop-Fiducial say half the electorate declare themselves ‘interested’, with 20% having ‘lots’ of interest. Really? Maybe ‘academic’ interest? Polls consistently tell us that barely 40% … Continue reading It’s Euro-Election time!
Every radio station was playing his songs. Magazines and newspapers produced endless ‘Johnny’ supplements. All things considered, I’d rather be in Philadelphia. Continue reading Awakened from my o’er-long Bloggers Slumber by the sound of … wall-to-wall Johnny
Out on the Streets … it was Day of Action N° 1 Continue reading We swanned through the first half of September. But it’s a month of two halves.
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