First round of the election is tomorrow. My girlfriend’s voting pack came in the mail a couple of days ago, it came with these:
Every candidate gets a two page spread. I like it, good old fashioned propaganda like they used to make. You can hold it in your hand, you can read it or you can cut them up into little paper people and make them do battle. I can’t vote but I thought it might be fun to leaf through before they get culled down to two. Here they are in order of whatever.
Benoit Hamon: Make France’s Heart Beat
People I know voting for Hamon: Some.
Pretty normal politician type dude I guess. Let’s keep this moving.
Jacques Cheminade: Break Free of the Financial Occupation
People I know voting for Cheminade: None.
One of the “everything’s fucked and we need to change it” crowd. Thinks Frexit is a great idea.
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan: France Erect!
People I know voting for Dupont-Aignan: At least one.
Maybe that’s a loose translation of his slogan, but this guy sure does seem to love France. “My dear compatriots, like you I love France, like you I’m proud. Like you, it pains me to see our country wrecked and abandoned” oh wait that took a turn.
Philippe Poutou of the New Anticapitalist Party: Our Lives, Not Their Profits
People I know voting for Poutou: Nobody, but you can tell everyone kinda wants to.
I watched one of the last debates with some friends and Poutou was easily the crowd favourite. When I get asked who I’d vote for I say Poutou to get a laugh. He is up in the other candidates’ shit about everything and he does it well and it feels good. His own policies are nothing new though, or at least nothing new for an anticapitalist.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon: The Power of the People
People I know voting for Mélenchon: One guy for sure, probably others.
Left wing, which is nice, but he wants to start up some shit with the EU and I’m not into that. I feel like there’s a streak of entitlement that runs through French politics, when I think France should be showing some leadership in terms of international aid and cooperation. Anyway.
Marine Le Pen: Put France Back in Order (in the name of the people)
People I know voting for Le Pen: Don’t worry none.
Bien sûr, Marine est là. Tout le crachin de son papa, although I notice she’s keeping her dad’s name off the front cover.
Nathalie Arthaud, a communist candidate presented by the Workers’ Struggle (or maybe Workers’ Battle?): Make The Workers’ Camp Heard
People I know voting for Arthaud: None.
I feel like she already got everything into her title so I’ll leave it at that.
Jean Lassalle: The Time has Come
People I know voting for Lassalle: None.
To quote the great Bill Hicks, debating with Lassalle is like boxing a glacier. He will get to the end of his sentence come what may, whether you try to interrupt him or just fall asleep. No support here in PSG land but I imagine he plays well with retired rugby players.
Emmanuel Macron: “France must be an opportunity for everyone.”
People I know voting for Macron: Some.
Ma! Cron! Président! Ma! Cron! Président! Has been the most savvy campaigner I think, using all sorts of weaponised technology to boost popularity. A bit to the right but not catastrophically so.
François Fillon: A Will for France
People I know voting for Fillon: Mmmmaybe somebody?
I’ve heard a few jokes about voting for “one of the -ons”: Fillon, Macron, Hamon, Mélenchon. I just can’t think of anyone who was super enthusiastic about this guy.
François Asselineau: An Historic Choice
People I know voting for Asselineau: None.
“The real subject of the presidential election is France’s independence.”
Charles de Gaulle, founder of the 5th Republic
Yeah OK buddy. Frexit is basically his whole campaign.
So, do you want me to open any of these? I’ll try to translate a bit.