April 23, 2007

Gracchi on his travels

Just a little note for those interested- I've just posted an article about the French general elections basically analysing what happened on Bits of News- I think these are very interesting elections for France, turnout seems to have gone up, the major parties have done well compared to last time and the centre has done well but we shall see what the longterm trends look like.

I also posted an article reviewing the pretty poor film, LoveCRacked, which I was sent by a DVD company to review- suffice it to say I wasn't that impressed but I tried to give it a fair write up, so if you are in to teen humour, horror and low budget pictures you might like to read the review- if not, I am not sure how relevant it is to you.

5 comments:

Pappusrif said...

A comment on your bitofnews post.

… The PEN has suffered has major defeat. He was already being assaulted by others, particularly his son-in-Law Mr. Megret….

Gracchi,
Bruno Megret was not M. Le Pen's son-in-law. Mr. Megret joined the FN (National Front) in 1985 and was a director of presidential campaign of Le PEN in 1988 and 1995. He was excluded, with others, from the party. He then created his own party the MNR (Mouvement national republicain) in 1999.
The son-in-law of Le PEN is Samuel Marechal. He was a national director of the FNJ (Front National Jeunesse) from 1992. He married Yann Le PEN, a youngest of Le Pen's daughters. At my knowledge, he is always with the FN.

Pappusrif

Pappusrif said...

Again on bitofnews post.

Im glad you called Le PEN a fascist. Many in France say that he's just defending French and its values. Im happy that He suffered a major defeat, but I don't agree with you when you say that He's got a small total. To me 11% is still a very high extremist vote (one should not forget the 2 plus% of De Villiers). Furthermore, the ideas of Le PEN are spreading. The extent of the score of Sarkosy is without question due to the massive support of lepenist votes. Sarkosy did a great job to achieve his 31%. The ideas and the values of right-hand side are a majority in this country. Sarkosy has strong chances to win the second round, but I am not convinced that it will be a good choice.

Pappusrif

Gracchi said...

Pappusrif thanks for the clarification on Megret- I wrote the article quickly I thought he had married a relation of Le Pen but got it wrong. I agree he is a fascist. Yes 11% is too high and is high- I suppose I was thinking in relative not absolute terms. And I agree about Sarkozy- we'll see what the best choice is- I personally am not sure what the French should vote for- I wish there was say a Scandinavian option!

Pappusrif said...

You're welcome Gracchi.
You know I am delighted when I find that you're wrong on something. So I took the opportunity to correct you as I know that this does not happens everyday.
Sarkosy. I dont like his character, and I dont like his politics, that's why I gave my vote to Royal. Actually, she reffered to the scnadinavian systems when she was campaigning. I dont know if she will stick with it in the case she is elected. Other point, she has many ennemies even in her own party. French are not ready to have a woman as president.

Pappusrif

Gracchi said...

The thing about Royal is that in the UK we've heard a lot about the glamour and less about the substance! Sarkozy seems like a political thug I agree. As for Royal as a candidate- I'm not sure I just don't know enough about her- I suppose we'll hear more in the next couple of days and more if she gets elected!