Skip to comments.French Face a Battle to Control Parliament
Posted on 06/09/2012 6:02:37 PM PDT by Cincinna
François Hollande may have been elected Frances president only a month ago, but the fate of his presidency will rest largely on the results of legislative elections that begin Sunday and conclude a week later.
Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, barely won over a deeply unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy, in part by remaining vague about his policies. That tactical vagueness has continued through this campaign for the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, which is to a great extent a continuation of the presidential campaign.
Mr. Hollande has been presenting himself as a normal president, unveiling an amateurish-looking official portrait that no one would consider elitist or arty. He has had a smooth start, making good on his promises for a modest rollback of a pension change under Mr. Sarkozy, but he has also been careful not to offend anyone on the left with the slightest murmur about any financial pain to come.
Mr. Sarkozy has stepped aside, but his party, the center-right Union for a Popular Movement, is trying to beat back the tide and deny the Socialists and their leftist allies a large majority in Parliament. At the same time, Marine Le Pen and the far-right National Front are trying to capitalize on their good showing in the presidential race, but the electoral system will make it difficult for them to win many seats.
I call on the French to vote, Mr. Hollande said Thursday on a visit to northern France, as some surveys suggested that 40% of voters might stay at home, as they did in 2007.
Most of the attention has been on Ms. Le Pens candidacy in the poor former mining district around Hénin-Beaumont, where she is being challenged by far left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon
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The race to watch is Commie Mélanchon v Marine Le Pen. 58% of the French tell pollsters they want the National Front to have seats in the National Assembly.
Round 1 of the elections Sunday, June 10. Round 3 June 17.
A couple of points/rhetorical questions here --
1. If Sarkozy is deeply unpopular then how did Hollande barely win? If Sarkozy was that unpopular, it would've been a landslide. They dare not say, the muzzie vote is what helped Hollande win.
2. Remaining vague seems to be the socialists MO....see -
the 0Care bill that we had to pass to see what's in it
and 0's campaign/administration/life; seems to be a global trend among socialists
3. Also note that obscuring the truth and/or not having a real platform is translated into Newspeak as tactical vagueness.
4. As a side note, the phrase "French Face a Battle" is comical in and of itself.
Hollande and the Le Pen pal?
I see fireworks a-brewing.
French face a battle? They’ll all surrender.
Sarkozy was perceived as deeply unpopular, portrayed as such by the French media.
Sarko was able to come from being behind by 10-15 points in the polls to an almost photo finish.
This can be explained by the fact that France is still a center right country, Sarko is an amazing retail politician, and Hollande is a no charisma, uninspiring wuss.
The French were also ready for “alternance” after having the right in power for 17 years.
The Muslim voting population is too small to make a difference.
Only in France, could Jacques Chirac be considered on the right.
I think it is pretty well established that he MSM in the States and abroad bleeds socialist. Just because the newspaper/television channel says someone is unpopular doesn't mean he is. The Walker recall vote was supposed to be close too.
The Muslim voting population is too small to make a difference.
I got that its wiki.......but France's muzzie population is between 7.5 and 10%...consider how close the election was and that 93% of France's muslims voted for Hollande
...I wouldn't be so dismissive. Especially considering that many of these muslims are immigrants, or 1st/2nd generation, that refuse to assimilate are changing the socio-political landscape. Add them in with the students that are being spoon fed the idea socialism is grand and you've got real trouble.
But, you're probably right, nothing to see here.
"An analysis of the voting patterns that barrelled François Hollande to victory on May 6 as the first Socialist president of France since 1995 shows that this overthrow was due in large measure to Muslims, who voted for him in overwhelming numbers.
The French vote marks the first time that Muslims have determined the outcome of a presidential election in a major western European country; it is a preview of things to come.
As the politically active Muslim population in France continues to swell, and as most Muslims vote for Socialist and leftwing parties, conservative parties will find it increasingly difficult to win future elections in France.
According to a survey of 10,000 French voters conducted by the polling firm OpinionWay for the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro, an extaordinary 93% of French Muslims voted for Hollande on May 6. By contrast, the poll shows that only 7% of French Muslims voted for the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy.
An estimated 2 million Muslims participated in the 2012 election, meaning that roughly 1.7 million Muslim votes went to Hollande rather than to Sarkozy. In the election as a whole, however, Hollande won over Sarkozy by only 1.1 million votes. This figure implies that Muslims cast the deciding votes that thrust Hollande into the Élysée Palace.
During the campaign, Hollande offered an amnesty to all of the estimated 400,000 illegal Muslim immigrants currently in France. He also pledged to change French electoral laws so that Muslim residents without French citizenship would be allowed to vote in municipal elections as of 2014. These measures, if implemented, would enable the Socialist Party tighten its grip on political power, both at the regional and national levels."
See my post #10.
The French......every so often, they go insane. I think there’s something in those snails they eat.
They have a town named Looneyville......but then.....we have Toad Suck, Arkansas. I win the pool today for getting “Toad Suck, Arkansas” into a post. Forty seven cents made the easy way.
The town is called Luneville, in the Lorraine regione of France. It is famous for its museum quality faïence pottery, with earlier pieced selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Also famous for it’s chateau, known as the Versailles of the East, which unfortunately suffered fire damage and is being restored, Luneville has the first sysnagogue built in France after the 13th c.
France us a beautiful country with a rich cultural history in are, architecture, fashion, art de vivre. France has an important Judeo-Christian heritage, and is our oldest ally.
Let’s stop the stupidity here and keep the comments relevant, please.