France Elections

Taxslave2

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One good thing about it, France will not have to try and escape from the EU. They will be tossed out.
 
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Ron in Regina

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An alliance of French left-wing parties was on course Sunday to beat the “far” right and President Emmanuel Macron's coalition in a stunning outcome to parliamentary elections that plunges France into new political uncertainty.

No one group won an absolute majority in the second round of the poll, which leaves France without any clear path to forming a new government three weeks before the Paris Olympics. Oh well…
 

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Macron now faces a total mess. He aimed to stop 'Hitler' party and mobilized Lenin (Mélenchon), but now he has both Lenin and Hitler, leaving him stuck in the middle.

Also the party that staunchly opposes to helping Ukraine has emerged as the clear victor in the French elections.

"Slava Ukraini"



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Ron in Regina

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France seems to be at a “Now What?” moment. French President Emmanuel Macron refused the resignation of the country’s prime minister, asking him on Monday to remain temporarily as the head of the government after chaotic election results left the government in limbo.

French voters split the legislature on the left, center and far right, leaving no faction even close to the majority needed to form a government. The results from Sunday’s vote raised the risk of paralysis for the European Union’s second-largest economy.

Macron gambled that his decision to call snap elections would give France a “moment of clarification,” but the outcome showed the opposite, less than three weeks before the start of the Paris Olympics, when the country will be under an international spotlight.

France’s main share index opened with a dip, but quickly recovered, possibly because markets had feared an outright victory for the “far” right or the leftist coalition.

The results of two rounds of voting left no obvious path to form a government for either the leftist coalition that came in first, Macron’s centrist alliance, or the far right.

Newly elected and returning lawmakers were expected to gather at the National Assembly to begin negotiations in earnest.

Political deadlock could have far-ranging implications for the war in Ukraine, global diplomacy and Europe’s economic stability, etc…

According to official results released early Monday, all three main blocs fell far short of the 289 seats needed to control the 577-seat National Assembly, the more powerful of France’s two legislative chambers.

The results showed just over 180 seats for the New Popular Front (not “far”) leftist coalition, which placed first, ahead of Macron’s centrist alliance, with more than 160 seats. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally and its allies were restricted to third place, although their more than 140 seats were still way ahead of the party’s previous best showing of 89 seats in 2022.

Macron has three years remaining on his presidential term.

Rather than rallying behind Macron as he'd hoped, millions took the vote as an opportunity to vent anger about inflation, crime, immigration and other grievances — including his style of government.

The New Popular Front’s leaders immediately pushed Macron to give them the first chance to form a government and propose a prime minister. The faction pledges to roll back many of Macron’s headline reforms, embark on a costly program of public spending, and take a tougher line against Israel because of its war with Hamas. But it's not clear, even among the left, who could lead the government without alienating crucial allies.

“We need someone who offers consensus,” said Olivier Faure, head of the Socialist Party, which joined the leftist coalition and was still sorting out how many seats it won on Monday.

Macron warns that the left’s economic program of many tens of billions of euros in public spending, partly financed by taxes on wealth and hikes for high earners, could be ruinous for France, already criticized by EU watchdogs for its debt.

The political agreement between the left and center to block the National Rally was largely successful, but now what?

Many voters decided that keeping the “far” right from power was more important than anything else, backing its opponents in the runoff, even if they weren’t from the political camp they usually support.

“Disappointed, disappointed,” said far-right supporter Luc Doumont, 66. “Well, happy to see our progression, because for the past few years we’ve been doing better.”

National Rally leader Le Pen, who was expected to make a fourth run for the French presidency in 2027, said the elections laid the groundwork for “the victory of tomorrow.”

Racism and antisemitism marred the electoral campaign, along with Russian disinformation campaigns, and more than 50 candidates reported being physically attacked — highly unusual for France.

Unlike other countries in Europe that are more accustomed to coalition governments, France doesn’t have a tradition of lawmakers from rival political camps coming together to form a majority. France is also more centralized than many other European countries, with many more decisions made in Paris…which is much of the reason for the surge in popularity of the National Rally Party from what I understand. How dare they want a voice outside Paris. Let them eat cake.
Trudeau & Singh could both be unemployed anywhere between 60 days to 469 days (or 476 days, but that’s a different story)…so we could send them both over to France to show them how a coalition….even if it’s a Non-Coalition Coalition that’s definitely not a Coalition-type Coalition….that nobody including the entire French population….wants, can work for….pretty much nobody, and lead to a massive sweeping victory for this National Rally Party in their next election.
 
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Ron in Regina

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Maybe France just wants another drink and some peace and quiet.
Sounds like they can have that for the next three years potentially, with a side of:
…the left’s economic program of many tens of billions of euros in public spending, partly financed by taxes on wealth and hikes for high earners, could be ruinous for France, already criticized by EU watchdogs for its debt.
Canada, in the nature of something or another, can send over Trudeau/Singh in one of our three “Battle Canoes” to show them how to get the job done.
 

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…& we can send over a contingent from Quebec to correct the French on their diction and pronunciation…of the French language.
True story. I was at an international competition in Paris, and I overheard one of the Canadian competitors say to a Parisian "I speak French." The Parisian replied, not unkindly, "Non, m'sieu, you speak Quebecois."

I think I did a pretty good job muffling my laughter.
 

Ron in Regina

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True story. I was at an international competition in Paris, and I overheard one of the Canadian competitors say to a Parisian "I speak French." The Parisian replied, not unkindly, "Non, m'sieu, you speak Quebecois."

I think I did a pretty good job muffling my laughter.
True story, years ago I was in Cuba enduring an excursion to another island as people were introducing themselves, from the first sentence out of their mouths for many of them I could tell if I was going to get along with them or not, being either:

1) I’m __________ from Quebec in Canada
2) or I’m __________ & I’m Quebecois!!!
 

Tecumsehsbones

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True story, years ago I was in Cuba enduring an excursion to another island as people were introducing themselves, from the first sentence out of their mouths for many of them I could tell if I was going to get along with them or not, being either:

1) I’m __________ from Quebec in Canada
2) or I’m __________ & I’m Quebecois!!!
I've had people say both to me. In the latter case, I just say "Vive l'Acadien" and get away as soon as possible.

Not that I'm prejudiced, mind. I do the same with Texans. Well, except for the "Vive l'Acadien" part. Maybe I should try that. Confuse the hell outta Tex.
 
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