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FRENCH SOCIALISTS HIT BY NEW ELECTION DRUBBING(may have only 75 seats out of 577)
The Tocqueville Connection ^ | 06/10/07

Posted on 06/13/2007 6:52:52 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

FRENCH SOCIALISTS HIT BY NEW ELECTION DRUBBING

Received Sunday, 10 June 2007 19:05:00 GMT

PARIS, June 10, 2007 (AFP) - France's Socialists faced a new humiliation after a dismal showing in round one of a parliamentary election Sunday set to deliver a huge majority to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Reeling from the defeat of their presidential candidate Segolene Royal last month, the Socialists, already in a minority in the National Assembly, look set to lose up to half their 149 seats, projections said.

Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party and its allies were on course to secure between 383 and 501 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, according to projections by polling firms.

That would give the newly-elected president an absolute parliamentary majority to press ahead with his far-reaching social and economic reforms.

For the Socialists, the main question is likely to be the size of their defeat in the second round of voting next Sunday.

In the worst case scenario it will sink to depths last plumbed in 1993, when in a dramatic electoral collapse it returned just 67 law-makers.

The Socialists' main left wing ally, the Communist Party, risks an even worse fate and will cease to function as a parliamentary bloc if it falls below 20 deputies, as seems inevitable.

Once France's biggest political party, the Communists scored less than two percent in the presidential election and the party is close to bankruptcy.

Earlier this week it was forced to deny rumours that it intends to sell its Paris headquarters, a listed building designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

The left's difficulties owe much to the electoral system, which places the legislative vote in the wake of the presidential race.

This gives an overwhelming advantage to the newly-elected leader, who can convincingly argue that he needs a parliamentary majority to accomplish his manifesto.

The lacklustre nature of the current campaign, which has largely failed to excite the country, suggests that the French public regards the legislative election as of secondary importance compared to the presidential.

But polls also indicate that French voters believe the Socialist Party is in need of urgent modernisation before it can become a credible party of government.

According to a recent CSA survey, 55 percent of the public think the party has adapted badly to changes in the world, 58 percent find its ideas unrealistic, and 55 percent said it has yet to face up to the reasons for Royal's defeat.

The Socialists came to power for the first time in 1981 with the election of President Francois Mitterrand, who won again in 1988.

But they have since lost three presidential elections in a row -- most humiliatingly in 2002 when Lionel Jospin was overtaken by far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round.

The Socialist Party is also hamstrung by deep divisions among its leading members, with left-wing, reformist and "Royal-ist" camps blaming each other for the presidential debacle.

Far from retiring from the fray after her defeat, Royal continues to present herself as the party's best hope for the future and has indicated she will run for the post of First Secretary at a congress due next year at the latest.

The post has been held for the last 10 years by her partner Francois Hollande, who has been heavily criticised for his handling of the presidential campaign.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: france; landslide; sarkozy; ump

1 posted on 06/13/2007 6:52:55 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; ScaniaBoy; MadIvan; longjack; pepsionice; Leifur; Atlantic Friend; Marie007; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 06/13/2007 6:53:35 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Will Democrats be urging us to run things by France now?


3 posted on 06/13/2007 6:53:43 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: elhombrelibre
This event is akin to NYC becoming a Red Zone. Dems must be in disbelief. Especially Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy.
4 posted on 06/13/2007 6:57:20 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh, to have the same results here. Wait, we did have an historical majority and we got pork city and corruption. *sighing, shaking head, sadly *


5 posted on 06/13/2007 6:58:58 PM PDT by eureka! (The 'rats have made their choice in the WOT and honest history will not be kind to them...)
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To: elhombrelibre

WOW, total collapse of France to a nominal Bush ally.

Woooo Hoooo.


6 posted on 06/13/2007 6:59:18 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I love this story!

I hope the Democrats are quaking here...


7 posted on 06/13/2007 6:59:27 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: eureka!

We never had a majority like THAT.


8 posted on 06/13/2007 7:01:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I think the libs are in shock. Being an optimist, I believe that the tide is turning against the Socialist appeasers.

Holland and Sweden, now France are electing Conservative, or at least, more Conservative governments.

I certainly hope the trend continues in 2008 here in the US.


9 posted on 06/13/2007 7:02:09 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Far from retiring from the fray after her defeat, Royal continues to present herself as the party's best hope for the future and has indicated she will run for the post of First Secretary at a congress due next year at the latest.

The post has been held for the last 10 years by her partner Francois Hollande, who has been heavily criticised for his handling of the presidential campaign.

That would certainly be an interesting fight. Could put a crimp in their relationship.

10 posted on 06/13/2007 7:02:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
I heard it is already falling apart.
11 posted on 06/13/2007 7:05:24 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Now is the best time to bomb Iran.


12 posted on 06/13/2007 7:08:27 PM PDT by TOneocon (The reason there is so much poverty is because of the uneven distribution of capitalism...Rush)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It must have been vote fraud. No one votes against Progressives. How did Karl Rove engineer this one?


13 posted on 06/13/2007 7:15:35 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: Hardastarboard
How did Karl Rove engineer this one?

Child's play for a man who can manufacture a hurricaine.

14 posted on 06/13/2007 7:18:18 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Akin to when a liberal having been mugged converts to conservatism...there’s nothing more compelling to the French in this same regard than the smell of 5,000 burning Peugeot to cause the revival of common sense.


15 posted on 06/13/2007 7:18:56 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Re#8 True.


16 posted on 06/13/2007 7:19:42 PM PDT by eureka! (The 'rats have made their choice in the WOT and honest history will not be kind to them...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Once France's biggest political party, the Communists scored less than two percent in the presidential election and the party is close to bankruptcy.

If the American people would wise up, the equivalent party in the U.S., aka the democratic party, would also be sent on its merry way to the graveyard.
17 posted on 06/13/2007 7:19:53 PM PDT by adorno
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If only the US socialists would go down to a similar defeat in 2008 ... praying ...


18 posted on 06/13/2007 7:21:42 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Hardastarboard
Karl Rove is soooo sneaky.
19 posted on 06/13/2007 7:24:03 PM PDT by BBell
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To: TigerLikesRooster

bttt


20 posted on 06/13/2007 7:26:05 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why do open border lobbies push for amnesty when borders leak like sieves? (hint: new dem voters))
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To: BBell
Yep, he blew off U.S. mid-term election because he was too focused on engineering right-wing landslide in France.:-)
21 posted on 06/13/2007 7:26:12 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Cincinna

Good news...thanks for posting; ping


22 posted on 06/13/2007 7:28:22 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: TigerLikesRooster
France's Socialists faced a new humiliation after a dismal showing in round one of a parliamentary election Sunday set to deliver a huge majority to President Nicolas Sarkozy.


23 posted on 06/13/2007 7:32:58 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Sarkozy has an important lesson for Giuliani and Thompson... He just flat out told the truth over and over. I watched the debate, and he said things that were absolutely unimaginable for the average Scumbag Frog like Chirac. He said that France doesn’t need more bureaucrats, it needs people who work to keep their money.


24 posted on 06/13/2007 7:42:24 PM PDT by Saint Louis
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Gee, did the reality of Socialism versus the rhetoric finally set in?


25 posted on 06/13/2007 7:52:26 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ( "...but you can't fool all of the people all the time." LINCOLN)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is the world waking up to the fact that socialist governments have no clue or balls to deal with extremist Muslim terrorists?....Maybe, except for the idiots running the democratic party.


26 posted on 06/13/2007 7:59:10 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Bobkk47

Don’t forget Germany and Canada. Hell, even Mexico.


27 posted on 06/13/2007 8:00:07 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Far from retiring from the fray after her defeat, Royal continues to present herself as the party's best hope for the future and has indicated she will run for the post of First Secretary at a congress due next year at the latest.

However, due to the shortage of funds, Ms. Royal will be working nights as a stripper.

28 posted on 06/13/2007 8:00:48 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: elhombrelibre
Jean Francoise Kerrie will be very lonely on his trips to europe.
29 posted on 06/13/2007 8:06:43 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Future: Watch for bigger and more violent riots. Coming soon as Sark tries to change things. The socialists and friends have no avenue but the streets now.


30 posted on 06/13/2007 8:34:47 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Great news for France.


31 posted on 06/13/2007 8:58:03 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: elhombrelibre
Will Democrats be urging us to run things by France now?

Good question.

32 posted on 06/14/2007 4:45:09 AM PDT by syriacus (Had the US troops remained in S. Korea in 1949, there would have been no Korean War)
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To: elhombrelibre
Democrats?

You mean America's "Socialists"?

33 posted on 06/14/2007 4:47:55 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Bobkk47

I am having an ongoing discussion with liberal relatives about the conservative tide sweeping through the once very pro socialist European nations and Canada.

I mentioned the more conservative LEADERS elected in France, Germany, and Canada.

Do you know of other more conservative leaders / legislatures that have been elected in the socialist European nations???

My liberal relatives think Socialism is of course the BEST SYSTEM.....


34 posted on 02/23/2008 9:30:50 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: TigerLikesRooster
That open borders policy sure has payed off for those Anti-French socialists. Just look at what all those illegals have done for their country.

And we have the choice of 3 (Count 'em 3) open borderers to be our next President. Just makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over doesn't it?

35 posted on 02/23/2008 9:45:44 AM PST by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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