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    French elections, enlighten me

    So as I see it, the next president is a guy who started his own party a couple of years ago and has never been elected before.
    The voters in France voted for him because A, some liked him. B, some did not like Le Pen, and he was the only alternative.
    Some voters were not happy with either of the two choices.
    So is French politics about as torn as The UK politics. Some will vote for TM coz they don't want Corbyn.
    What happened to the usual established French political parties.
    What happened in France ?

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    They, or at least some, appear to want a very rich protectionist to run their country. Sound familiar.

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    People were fed up with the established parties, Macron came forward as an alternative. He got momentum, very similar to Trump in that sense. The beauty of the presidential system for a candidate is that you don't need lots of MP's who may or may not be up to it and embarrass the party, i.e.UKIP. You only need one charismatic person.

    He then got lucky because instead of being against an established party candidate he came against le Pen. Even anti Macron people preferred him rather than le Pen. The dice rolled kindly for him.

    The interesting thing is can he get anything through because I don't think his party has many, if any mp's.

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    Not much has changed in France

    Merkel was in charge last year and she still is now

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    His challenge will be to form a goverment when he has no 'Party'.

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashyboy View Post
    So as I see it, the next president is a guy who started his own party a couple of years ago and has never been elected before.
    The voters in France voted for him because A, some liked him. B, some did not like Le Pen, and he was the only alternative.
    Some voters were not happy with either of the two choices.
    So is French politics about as torn as The UK politics. Some will vote for TM coz they don't want Corbyn.
    What happened to the usual established French political parties.
    What happened in France ?
    They had other choices. Macron and le pen were the leading candidates from the first round of voting.
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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    the nature of the French system could always throw up an anomaly like this

    The first round was pretty even between 4 candidates

    Macron 24.01%
    Le Pen 21.30%
    Fillon 20.01%
    Melenchon 19.58%

    The top 2 go through to the run off

    So it is easy to see that nearly 40% of voters suddenly have to change from one of the main parties , to either Macron or Le Pen for the run off

    Also fair to say that many would have voted Macron, to stop Le Pen getting into power, not because they particularly identify with Macron

    interesting point from the run off, nearly 11.5% of votes cast were either spoilt or blank, over 4 million voters who protested and didnt want either candidate
    a further 25% of voters didnt show up

    So out of 47,568,588 voters, Macron won with 20,753,798 votes or 43% of the electorate The spoilt and no shows counted for 34%

    There are a lot of unhappy French voters out there, not sure its going to be a walk in the park
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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    biggest question is ,IS HE A FREXITER?
    common sense is so rare it should be classed as a super power.

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    Re: French elections, enlighten me

    Quote Originally Posted by Norrin Radd View Post
    biggest question is ,IS HE A FREXITER?
    No, he is pro EU.

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