French Presidential Election Results - Sun, May 6, 2012

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Incoming French President Signals Budget Cuts, Handouts to Banks  -  by Kumeran Ira and Alex Lantier

"...The anti-working class policies that the incoming Hollande administration is planning constitute a devastating indictment of the bankrupt policies of the petty bourgeois 'left' parties, including Jean-Luc Melenchan's Left Front and the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA). Those parties called for a Hollande vote, without any conditions. When Hollande begins to impose social cuts, it is not difficult to foresee that these forces will do everything they can to demobilize working class opposition as they did during Sarkozy's term.

These forces are also complicit in Hollande's continuation of Sarkozy's alignment toward US foreign policy. Hollande supported the war against Libya, and has made clear in press releases that he supports Sarkozy's policy of threatening war with Iran and military intervention in Syria. He has promised not to reverse Sarkozy's decision to integrate France into the NATO command structure.."


Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to hand over presidency – and judicial immunity

Outgoing French president likely to return to law practice, but could be forced to explain himself over series of scandals


alan smithee wrote:

In Quebec women keep their maiden name..It's probably the same in France.

It is absolutely not the same in France.... completely a Quebec initiative in francophone world

when my wife tries to open any administrative or commercial transaction in France she runs into STOP when the issue of husband and family name comes up... papers, titles, evidence, ID all required to be made official

it is still regarded widely as weird that a married woman does not carry her husband's name, although there have been high profile live-together couples like Hollande and Royale who were not married, hence family name (s) not an issue


Quite the contrast between Harper's and Hollande's approach as Hollande is reducing France's retirement age to 60, by increasing the taxes on the rich


Hollande awaits all-clear in French parliament vote



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Hollande lowering the retirement age for some, not all:


PARIS (AP) - France's new Socialist government is moving to lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 years old for certain workers, bucking the trend in developed countries in a gesture to unions that critics say is a costly mistake.

Raising France's general retirement age from 60 to 62 years old was a key reform of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's tenure, aimed at reducing heavy government debts.

New President Francois Hollande's government presented a draft decree Wednesday reversing the retirement age to 60 for some workers, such as those who enter the workforce at 18 or 19 years old. It says the decree will be finalized later this month and take effect in November.

The government says the costs will be financed by a small rise in payroll charges.



First national results here for parliamentary vote, Sunday evening 8pm:

  Socialists and allies - 47 per cent

UMP and various Right- 35 per cent

Front National - 13 per cent

Other, centrists - 3-4 %


TV analysts say this may translate into clear majority, 300+ seats -- for Socialist Party behind President Hollande.


  In my village, Green candidate looked downcast, don't have local results yet.  

Looks like a trend.... we will see in a week at 2nd round.




So now we have Greece, followed by Spain and then Italy.  Just how long do we have to wait to find France on the list?

Ken Burch

It bugs you that the people of Europe are resisting the capitalist demands that they immiserate themselves, doesn't it?

IF those countries did what YOU want them to, they'd be committing to be right-wing for the rest of eternity.  Nothing progressive or humane could ever happen in any country that agreed to Germany's demands.

Why do you even post on this board when you're on the side of the wealthy against the human race?

There's no way you can square support for Germany's austerity demands with any progressive views on any other issue.


Wilf Day

Parliamentary results: (289 for a majority)

Parliamentary left : 333 seats
Including Various PS-left: 300 seats
of which Europe Ecology-Greens: 18 seats
of which Radical Left Party: 12 seats
of which Republican and Citizen Movement: 3 seats
Left Front 13 seats

Modem (centrists): 2 seats

Parliamentary Right : 226 seats

Including Various UMP-right: 207 seats

of which centrist New Alliance Centre: 14 seats

of which valoisien Radical Party: five seats

Front National: 2 seats

15 MPs is the condition for an autonomous group in the Chamber. For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, the Left (including the communists) cannot form an official group. For the first time, the ecologists have enough for their own group.

A 3/5ths majority would enable the PS to adopt constitutional reforms (such as granting the right to vote to foreign residents in local elections). That would be 347 seats, which gives Modem a veto on such steps. Modem endorsed Hollande for President, so this may be possible.

Ken Burch

They could also ask the Left Front for support on a case-by-case basis on constitutional reform. 


France's Socialists Win Parliament: What Next? (and vid)

"France's Socialist Party has won an absolute majority in the second round of parliamentary voting, exit polls suggest. But Hollande, who now controls the entire parliament, is unlikely to deliver on his promises, says former Belgian MP Lode Vanoost. The Socialist Party (PF) has won 300 seats, surpassing the 289 seats required for total control of the 577 member National Assembly after Sunday's run-off. Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) secured 207 seats.

France's far-right National Front has returned to parliament for the first time since 1998, according to AFP reports, but its anti-immigrant and anti-EU leader Marine Le Pen has lost her bid for a seat by a handful of votes..."

Wilf Day

Ken Burch wrote:

They could also ask the Left Front for support on a case-by-case basis on constitutional reform. 

The figures seem to be changing. Wait and see.

These results so far include projections. For example, the 11 overseas constituencies have not yet reported.

Ken Burch

self-delete...accidental post.

Ken Burch


After all the enthusiasm he inspired during the presidential campaign, you'd have thought Melenchon's alliance would have done better in the National Assembly contests.  Instead, the Left Front seems to have pretty much collapsed.  Weird. 

At least Melenchon was able to apparently contribute to the defeat of Marine Le Pen in her National Assembly district(he'd contested the same seat and finished a strong enough third-place in the first round to have contested the second round if he'd wished)by withdrawing and throwing his support to the Socialist candidate there.  As a result, that candidate finished 100 votes ahead of Mme. Le Pen(although she may ask for a recount).

Wilf Day

  The National Assembly is feminized gradually.

Following the legislative elections, 155 women will make their entry at the Palais Bourbon. A record for the Chamber of Deputies, but the count is far from respecting gender parity, a principle enshrined in the Constitution.

A record rate of 26.9%, against 18.5% five years earlier. This wave of women is closely linked to the victory of the Socialist Party, which brought in a significant number of female MPs.

This significant increase - 45% - is especially significant in that women were only 40% of the parliamentary candidates, two points less than in 2007. To explain this breakthrough in the National Assembly, Dominique Poggi, a sociologist speciaizing in questions about gender equality, suggests several theories: the women vied for more open districts, and they showed more fighting spirit than in 2007. "Voters know that women can do politics differently because they are generally more influenced by the public interest than by their personal careers," says the sociologist.

This increase allows France to catch up with other European countries in terms of feminization of institutions. Previously ranked 18th, the country now rises to 9th place (out of 27). With 26.9% women, France is above the EU average which stands at 24.62%. The parity principle has been enshrined in the French constitution since 2008.

If these figures represent progress towards gender equality, the association Dare Feminism is far from being satisfied with this result. The movement points to "the hypocrisy of the major parties." "They are approaching parity in terms of nominations, while sending women into non-winnable constituencies," it says.

The PS is represented by 106 women out of 280 socialists elected. "The score of 37.5% of women socialists is linked to the willingness of Martine Aubry, First Secretary of the PS, to renew the face of her party," says Mariette Sineau. "Voters reinforced this choice of feminization." She finishes: "Even if the party did not nominate 50% women, it made the effort to nominate them in winnable ridings."

Europe-Ecology Greens respects parity with 52% women, 9 of the 17 elected MPs.

For its part, the UMP shows itself a slow learner, with only 27 elected women against 194 men. They represent well under 14% of UMP deputies.

In the first round, only 30% of the UMP candidates were women, exposing the party to fines. "I plead guilty with regret, it's a trade-off we had to make and that was hard", said Jean-Francois Cope, Secretary General of the UMP, explaining that his party needed to keep a maximum of incumbent MPs to try to cope with the socialist flood feared by the UMP.

Nothing really surprising in the eyes of Dominique Poggi. "To the right, the rights of women have never been a priority," she asserts. "In this field, progress has been made more by the left parties."

The government, composed of 17 women of 34 ministers, respects gender parity.

Wilf Day

Final count:

Socialist Party and diverse left 299

Mouvement Républicain et Citoyen 3

Europe Ecology - The Greens 17

PRG (left-liberals) (Parti radical de gauche) 12

Left Front 10

MoDem (centrists, supported Hollande) 2

Centrist Alliance (caucuses with New Centre) 2

New Centre (centrists, supported Sarkozy) 12

Parti Radical (right-liberals) 6

Martinique Independence Movement 2 (A TV programme lists them with the left, even though they defeated socialist candidates)

UMP and diverse right 209

National Front 2

Other far-right 1

In the first of the districts for French abroad, covering the U.S. and Canada, Corinne Narassiguin (PS) has created a surprise by beating the former secretary of state from the UMP Frédéric Lefebvre.

For Latin America (2nd district), the candidate Europe Ecology-Greens Sergio Coronado, former spokesman of Green candidate for president Eva Joly (a member of the European Parliament), will swell the environmentalist caucus in the National Assembly.

Altogether the left won 8 of the 11 districts for French abroad.

For a 60% majority, needed to allow non-citizens to vote in the 2014 municipal elections as promised by Hollande, the left will need the two MoDem deputies and four others.

Wilf Day

Seybah Dagoma, 34, a lawyer, is deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the social economy, and is now MP for the 5th district of Paris for the Socialist Party. She was born in France, of origins in Chad.
Razzy Hammadi, 33, former chair of the Socialist Youth Movement, now Deputy representing the seventh district of Seine Saint Denis, Montreuil and Bagnolet, born of an Algerian father and a Tunisian mother.
Corinne Narassiguin, 37, born in Réunion, is a French New York based banker, elected for the socialists from the USA and Canada.
Nathalie Chabanne, 38, married with two young daughters, the socialist "destroyer" of François Bayrou, the MoDem leader who had held the seat since 1986. She has served as department head of the local treasury of Tarbes since 2010.
Laurent Grandguillaume, 34, Deputy Mayor of Dijon, now elected to the National Assembly for the Socialist Party.
Olivier Dussopt, 33, youngest deputy in the last Assembly, re-elected for the socialists.

Wilf Day

"Avec 155 femmes, la France fait un nouveau pas vers la parité. Ce chiffre reste malgré tout bien éloigné d'une parité complète. Les 422 hommes et 155 femmes marquent un net fossé à combler. L'Assemblée nationale gagne tout de même une cinquantaine de femmes par rapport à 2007. Il ne faut pas se faire d'illusion, sans un scrutin proportionnel complet, nous n'arriverons jamais à la parité."

With 155 women, France takes another step toward parity. This figure is however still far from complete parity. The 422 men and 155 women show a significant gap to fill. Still, the National Assembly has gained about fifty women since 2007. We must not deceive ourselves, without a full proportional voting system, we'll never get to parity."

Under France's Parity Law, they have equal numbers of men and women elected to regional assemblies and local councils, which use PR systems with zippered lists.

Wilf Day


Karine Berger, socialist, 39, economist, associate professor of economics at the ENA; since 2008 First Secretary of the PS Hautes-Alpes.


Barbara Pompili, Green, 37, worked for the Green caucus for the past ten years. Newly elected as an MP from the Somme (Amiens), she has just been named co-leader of the Green parliamentary caucus.


Audrey Linkenheld, socialist, 38, assistant for housing to the mayor of Lille since 2008.


Valérie Rabault, 39, socialist, economist, co-author with Karine Berger.


Barbara Romagnan, socialist, 38, a teacher and governor of the Canton of Besançon-Planoise. "She initially wanted to take her daughter to the nursery on Tuesday morning. This is rarely the concern of deputies. Barbara Romagnan, 38, elected in the new first division of the Doubs, took the 8:32 train to Paris. She saw her daughter, when she awoke, then she went to her first day as a deputy in the National Assembly."




Wilf Day


Axelle Lemaire, the 37-year-old dual French and Canadian citizen, now a Socialist MP. who has made history by winning the new seat in France's national legislature representing the estimated 600,000 French expatriates living in Britain and Northern Europe. The London lawyer was born in Hull but left Canada as a teenager.


Cécile Duflot, 37, new Green deputy from a Paris suburb where she was deputy Mayor; Green party leader 2006-12; now Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing in the government of François Hollande.


Aurélie Filippetti, 39, new socialist deputy, and Minister of Culture and Communication in the government of François Hollande.


Nathalie Appéré, 36, new socialist deputy, First Deputy Mayor of Rennes and Vice-President of Metropolitan Rennes, named in 2010 Vice President of the National Council of Cities.


Estelle Grelier, 39, new socialist deputy, previously a Member of the European Parliament.


Julie Sommaruga, 36, new socialist deputy, previously deputy mayor of Bagneux in charge of education.


Catherine Troallic, 38, new socialist deputy, previously Regional Councillor of Haute-Normandie.


Paola Zanetti, 35, new socialist deputy, lawyer, Vice President of Regional Council of Lorraine, first elected Town Councillor since 2001 at age 24.


there are now 2 very dominant groups in the French Assembly, so the bar keep s geting lowered for party groups;

it used to be 30 seats to be an official group, then as the Comunists kept slipping it was lowered to 20 seats, now with the Greens and others, including Front de Gauche lobbying,  down  possibly to 10 seat as the new low ...

with FN group at 2-3 seats, where does it end?

Wilf Day


Christian Assaf, 39, newly elected socialist deputy, whose father is of Lebanese descent.

And I believe that completes my wrap-up of diversity on the left under 40 in the new National Assembly.

Wilf Day

Une gauche qui ne renonce pas et une gauche qui ne divise pas:

Je vois mal des députés Front de gauche voter une motion de censure ou alors on sera allé très loin dans les renoncements et les abandons.

DaveW wrote:
it used to be 30 seats to be an official group, then as the Comunists kept slipping it was lowered to 20 seats, now with the Greens and others, including Front de Gauche lobbying,  down  possibly to 10 seat as the new low ...

with FN group at 2-3 seats, where does it end?

A technical group of 15:

. . . Huguette Bello, une dissidente du Parti communiste révolutionnaire (PCR) à la Réunion, et Alfred Marie-Jeanne, député indépendantiste de Martinique. M. Chassaigne, qui est en discussion avec eux, a également approché trois autres députés ultra-marins: deux autres Martiniquais et un Guadeloupéen.

Huguette Bello précise en outre que la présence de Jean-Luc Mélenchon dans ce groupe aurait certainement changé la donne. "André Chassaigne qui devrait le présider est quelqu'un de raisonnable. Il n'y a donc pas d'état d'âme à avoir." (The presence of Jean-Luc Melenchon in this group would have certainly changed the situation. "Andre Chassaigne (communist deputy) who is to chair is someone reasonable. There is therefore no shame or second thoughts to be had.")