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    Will Macron sweep the board? (Final leg of French elections 2017)

    So the second round of legislative elections is today, after which Macron is expected to have a large majority and thus a free hand to introduce whatever reforms he likes. In theory anyway.

    The saying in France though is that it's preferable to face your opponents in the National Assembly than on the streets, so a majority in parliament may not be the easy ride many in the English speaking world would take it to be.

    An apparently very low turnout, lower even than last week's record low of under 50% (this is what I'm hearing, I have no exact numbers or links yet) seems to confirm that Macron and his administration are not being given a huge mandate, rather a sort of dubitative consent to "give it a go" and see what happens.

    So if, despite that, anyone's interested in following the results, it's here I hope
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    Dirty little macron will up on the auld ones back tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by troll account View Post
    Dirty little macron will up on the auld ones back tonight
    Go back to bed, Dublin4. You have to serve the next customer.
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    Waiting to see how many the FN will get. Wont be very many because the system is gerrymandered against the FN.

    Quote Originally Posted by -"BBC"
    ......Here are some of the key battles to look out for:
    Ex-Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem could be turfed out of her Rhône seat by Bruno Bonnell from LREM
    National Front MP Gilbert Collard is neck and neck with ex-bullfighter and LREM candidate Marie Sara
    Manuel Valls, the unpopular Socialist ex-prime minister rejected as a candidate by both LREM and the Socialists, is tipped for victory in his Essonne seat
    Leading centre-right figure Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a real fight on her hands against LREM novice Gilles Le Gendre
    FN leader Marine Le Pen is likely to win in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France where she is facing LREM novice Anne Roquet
    Far-left ex-presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is expected to win his battle in Marseille against LREM first-timer, Corinne Versini
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    Most polling stations are now either closed or about to close, since unlike the presidentials, those in smaller towns close at 6pm French time, 7pm for some others, with only the very biggest cities keeping their polling stations open till 8pm.

    Another factor that won't help participation rates. But the 8pm closing time for all was new for the presidentials.
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    So France has fallen completely to the pervert macron
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    We'll see soon enough. Madame Quirell is on the job at the moment.
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    Radio Londres, who leak indications in WW2-style code, predict En Marche will win 450-60 seats:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RadioLond...72575588798464
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    Waiting to see how many the FN will get. Wont be very many because the system is gerrymandered against the FN.


    When Le Pen Snr got through to the second round despite having less than 20% of the vote, it wasn't gerrymandering it was how the system worked. The proof that very few voters wanted him there at all was the strength of his rejection in the second round.

    So no. Won't be very many because the FN is not doing well in the polls these days. The feeling here is that Marine Le Pen's terrible performance in the debate is continuing to harm her party's chances.
    I've always said that keeping people and parties away from media coverage is a mistake, it allows them to play the victim card. Putting her out there and seeing just how hopeless she really is, was exactly the right thing to do.
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