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Leftists lead French parliamentary vote
Houston Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2012  | ANGELA CHARLTON

Posted on 06/10/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT by Cincinna

Leftist candidates led the first round of France's parliamentary elections Sunday, according to polling agencies and partial official results, in a vote that is crucial to President Francois Hollande's Socialist agenda.

Hollande needs leftists to take control of the lower house of parliament — currently dominated by conservatives — to carry out his plans to redirect France's economy, with repercussions around debt-laden Europe. Conservatives said the Socialists' spending plans could cripple France just as it and other European countries are being asked to rescue Spain.

Based on Sunday's first round, polling agencies predict that Socialists and other leftists will take a majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly in the decisive second round June 17.

Four polling agencies' projections and early official results show diminished support for former President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party across the country. They show growing support for the left, amid anger at cost-cutting austerity measures and reforms under Sarkozy seen by some as too friendly to the rich.

"It's a good result tonight ... but we have to remain mobilized for the second round," said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, an influential Socialist.

Socialists or other leftists were leading in 70 of 116 districts where the vote count was complete Sunday evening, according to official results. The Interior Ministry is releasing results gradually through the night, district by district.

The CSA and TNS-Sofres polling agencies predicted that leftists would take between 300 and 366 seats in the next parliament, and the conservatives between 210 and 270 seats.

Candidates of Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party were projected to win between 13 percent and 14 percent of the vote in the first round.

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1 posted on 06/10/2012 8:29:46 PM PDT by Cincinna
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To: Cincinna; afraidfortherepublic; mojo114; seenenuf; LucyT; Think free or die; DollyCali; ...


FIRST ROUND RESULTS•FRENCH LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS


2 posted on 06/10/2012 8:37:40 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

I hope they enjoy the coming collapse of Euro-Socialism.


3 posted on 06/10/2012 8:46:33 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Cincinna

So the French are voting for national suicide?


4 posted on 06/10/2012 8:47:47 PM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: Cincinna

Considering that 2% of the American public reads French that chart is rather useless


5 posted on 06/10/2012 8:50:52 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Cincinna

Unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama would be members of France’s hard right....


6 posted on 06/10/2012 8:53:38 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: LMAO

Let’s help them commit it. I say let’s take off and nuke hem from space.

Ripley hates the French.

Newt: Ditto!

“In space, you can’t hear the Leftist idiots spew.”


7 posted on 06/10/2012 8:57:59 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: LMAO

Greece is simply the opening act. Now Spain, soon Italy and then France. Three generations of deficit spending has squandered capital, caused unsustainable debt and bankruptcy. The financial gimmicks and bailouts cannot create wealth. There will be misery and things will get ugly.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 8:58:03 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Cincinna

I’m not exactly surprised by this. I actually think communism is going to make a comeback in Europe, and the ironic thing about it, is I think it’s going to gain power through democracy and not forceful revolution this time around.

The people are going to vote it in freely, which is ironically hilarious to me.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 8:59:08 PM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: bill1952

Okay, here is a rough translation courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Left Front - 13 to 19 seats (Communist)
The Socialist Party - 283 to 239 seats (Socialist)
Europe Ecology - 12 to 18 seats (Green)
Democratic Movement - 0 to 3 seats (Centrist)
Union for a Popular Movement - 210 to 263 seats (Right-wing coalition)
National Front - 0 to 3 (Far-right)

The box in the upper-right corner is the outgoing legislature.


10 posted on 06/10/2012 9:29:17 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Thank you, JerseyanExile
You clarified the chart so that all can understand it, even our disgruntled poster ;•}


11 posted on 06/10/2012 9:40:12 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: LMAO
"So the French are voting for national suicide?"

And that's a surprise why? Of all my travels in the Navy, the most arrogant inhospitable people I've ever met were the French. They are a lousy ally.

13 posted on 06/10/2012 9:46:48 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Cincinna; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Cincinna.


14 posted on 06/10/2012 9:56:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: allendale
Greece is simply the opening act. Now Spain, soon Italy and then France. Three generations of deficit spending

ya know, I keep reading about the collapse of Greece, but have yet to see any folks starving there. Is it all propaganda?

15 posted on 06/10/2012 10:01:30 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: LMAO

They did that long ago through immigration policy.


16 posted on 06/10/2012 10:02:56 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: A Navy Vet
And that's a surprise why? Of all my travels in the Navy, the most arrogant inhospitable people I've ever met were the French. They are a lousy ally.
The Froggies have never been an ally.
17 posted on 06/10/2012 10:03:49 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Cincinna

Stupid Froggies. Watch te pick another fight with the Germans and get their asses kicked again.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 10:08:35 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: wjcsux

De Gaulle once put it very bluntly - “France has no friends, only interests”.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 10:10:05 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: tcrlaf

At excellerated speed.


20 posted on 06/10/2012 10:22:14 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Cincinna

Given the kind of economic turmoil hitting Europe,voting in the wrong parliament might well lead to it being dissolved within a few years.In all likelihood the left will probably level France’s economic foundations and face a major homegrown crisis at home.

I don’t particularly think the former President of France Sarkozy was not a good leader.He just kept too many leftovers from the leftist dominated political class around.

If he’d done more to relieve the population of France from the tax burden they were under as well as repeal laws that restricted freedom,he would have done himself a favor.

To be honest,Europe is effectively collapsing as of now.Any country that follows the left’s liberal views on reality and on spending is going to fall apart very shortly.

It is a very good thing though that this two bit of work DSK did not become the French President.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 10:34:25 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: Del Rapier

On a purely political level, forgetting DSK’s personal peccadillos, disgusting and criminal behavior, do you really thing François Hollande is better?


22 posted on 06/10/2012 11:52:43 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: bill1952

Two percent? That’s rather generous, isn’t it?


23 posted on 06/11/2012 12:52:37 AM PDT by Skylab
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To: JerseyanExile

You should Washington’s Farewell Address. He says the same thing.


24 posted on 06/11/2012 12:55:39 AM PDT by Skylab
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To: JerseyanExile

In that quote, taken out of context, de Gaulle was speaking not only of France, but of all nation states.


25 posted on 06/11/2012 1:11:40 AM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

Front National is going to gift the PS victory here just like Marine Lepen and the centrist guy gifted the presidential victory to Hollande. Lepen says that the FN is neither leftist or rightist but her actions have made her the most far left person in France.


26 posted on 06/11/2012 1:12:03 AM PDT by hannibaal
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To: Skylab

Aren’t foreign languages required courses in High School anymore?
Judging from the hundreds of members on the French Ping List, I think you would be surprised.
Besides, the graph posted speaks for itself and FReeper JerseyanExile was kind enough to provide us with an excellent translation.


27 posted on 06/11/2012 1:18:05 AM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: bill1952

From your tagline about choice being some kind of class warfare conspiracy scam of the “powerful”, I’m guessing you’re not big on studying Scripture. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


28 posted on 06/11/2012 1:27:41 AM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: hannibaal

The FN is a nationalist socialist party, so it doesn’t fall into the traditional left/ right cleavage like we have in America.
Marine Le Pen is a statist, and IMO has much more in common with the Socialist/communist Left than with the tradition right in France that is traditional, free market, definitely capitalist, and supports individual initiative and smaller government.
MLP’s tacit support of the Socialist Hollande was a grudge match vengeance against Sarko and his party. Her goal is to destroy UMP and become THE party on the right in France. She will, and has allied with the devil to destroy her perceived opposition.
As the French say “on verra” we’ll see.


29 posted on 06/11/2012 2:38:24 AM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

The French do not want the Greeks to have something that they can’t also have. Economic white flag coming soon!!!


30 posted on 06/11/2012 3:27:24 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Del Rapier
"Given the kind of economic turmoil hitting Europe,voting in the wrong parliament might well lead to it being dissolved within a few years.In all likelihood the left will probably level France’s economic foundations and face a major homegrown crisis at home."

The drug of free stuff is leading to national suicide, plus the coming chaos will provide a perfect opportunity for the Islamists to make a major drive to seize control of parts of France through the no go zones, turning them into autonomous regions.

31 posted on 06/11/2012 4:03:39 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Cincinna

The EU is doomed then. Because France is going to become a basket case “again”. As a result, France will do what France always does in such situation.

1. Cover it up
2. Spread the revolution around, because if they cannot do it, then no one else should, and they will dum down Europe around themselves.

How? Muslim immigration spigot will open up in France and they will flood like locusts Europe, and we will have an arab spring in Europe or around the Strasburg area. Mark my words.

Cars will burn.


32 posted on 06/11/2012 6:20:01 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Cincinna

There they go..doubling down on failure. The French, as do most Euros, have no clue as to what’s in store.

Just what — or who — do they believe will come riding in to the rescue once their reaffirmation of the welfare state brings the ruin that will most assuredly follow?


33 posted on 06/11/2012 6:20:19 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: allendale

Looks like France will soon be joining the ranks of the bankrupt European nations (PIIGS > PFIIGS?)


34 posted on 06/11/2012 6:28:16 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: bill1952

Mais oius. Ce n’est certainement pas tres lisible.

Left Front 13 to 19 seats (Communists)
PS and associates 283 to 329 seats (Unified Party Socialist)
EELV 12 to 18 seats
MoDem 0 to 3 seats
UMP and associates 210 to 263 seats (Union Movement Popular)
FN 0 to 3 seats (Le Pen Front National)
577 Seats total

Versus

The Past Assembly
PCF 24
PS 204
Not registered 6
New center 23
UMP 320


35 posted on 06/11/2012 8:50:23 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: A Navy Vet
"So the French are voting for national suicide?"

Why not? Did we start trying it in 2008?

36 posted on 06/11/2012 9:00:41 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Paul said the world would look like in the last days: See Romans 1: 13-32 for the examples.)
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To: Cincinna

Very Orwellian...


37 posted on 06/11/2012 9:30:46 AM PDT by Edgerunner (Second Amendment Spoken Here)
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To: Cincinna
Candidates of Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party were projected to win between 13 percent and 14 percent of the vote in the first round.

Not exactly a group to quietly accept defeat.
38 posted on 06/11/2012 10:38:22 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Cincinna
"The CSA and TNS-Sofres polling agencies predicted that leftists would take between 300 and 366 seats in the next parliament, and the conservatives between 210 and 270 seats. "

There's the reason for today's DOW drop, right there.

39 posted on 06/11/2012 3:50:20 PM PDT by cookcounty ("We're all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young." -J Goldberg)
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To: Cincinna

“Socialists’ spending plans could cripple France just as it and other European countries are being asked to rescue Spain.”

So save the French economy enough by voting for the socialist “conservatives”, so it can bankrupt itself bailing out Spain, Greece, Italy....? or bankrupt it faster with a dose of French style communism?


40 posted on 06/11/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

It’s already too late for France. By electing the tax and spend Socialist, Hollande, instead of Sarkozy, France is on the speedway to fiscal hell.
Lowering the retirement age to 60 in the first week certainly won’t help.


41 posted on 06/12/2012 1:46:49 AM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: A Navy Vet
You must have gone to Paris.

We spent three weeks in Toulon. The people of Toulon and the French Navy could not have been nicer.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

42 posted on 06/12/2012 6:37:01 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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