Hollande has kind of surfed on an anti-Sarko platform all along and I think most people would be very hard pressed to tell you what his main ideas are. Not that he doesn't have any, its just that he's spent a lot of time attacking Sarkozy on his choices, results etc and far less talking about what he plans to do (and I meantalking about it in detail, not just in broad strokes). I'm not really a fan of him but will probably vote for him, not because I agree 100% with everything he says (but then again, who ever is 100% aligned with the candidate they vote for) but because i've come to truly despise sarkozy. I watched the debate with some people yesterday and Sarko showed off a lot of the things I dislike about him: changing his opponent's words so as to make it sound like his opponent is a fool, asserting with total confidence numbers that are 100% false all the while calling out every stat Hollande came up with as being false and saying that observers would show who was right (knowing full well that most people would mainly remember him disagreeing vehemently and never check back the next day to see if he was right or not) etc.
Hollande did manage to come up with some good stuff of his too, especially at one point when they were talking about letting legal immigrants vote in municipal elections. Sarkozy claimed that he couldnt agree with this because those legal immigrants were Muslims and they would vote for muslim leaders who'd go against the country's laicité, to which Hollande replied that it was very telling that he identified all legal immigrants as being muslims AND that there were a lot of French muslims who voted in elections without trying to change laws to go along with their religion.
On the whole though, the debate between those two was kinda pointless, the both of them attacking each other and what they had said or done or not said or not done, or on whatever people from their respective parties had said about the other party etc. Good thing Sarko didn't get his way and there weren't three debates because that would have been incredibly annoying to listen to them arguing like children for the most part.
― Jibe, Friday, 4 May 2012 07:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also iatee, i'd have said it's over from the day following the first round results. Ever since then all the polls show Hollande winning. Every redistribution of the 1st round votes between the candidates, with the smallest possible going to Hollande still had him winning. Its only in the past couple of days that his lead has shrunk a a tiny bit, potentially because people kept hearing that Hollande was sure to win which made some change their vote.
― Jibe, Friday, 4 May 2012 07:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
If I were Hollande, I would be focusing all my energy hating on Sarko too. That has to be the easiest and best way to win votes, no?
Anyway, Hollande is going to smash it. Considering that Sarko is so desperate in that he's reduced to trying to win over Le Pen's supporters with hilariously pathetic soundbites.
― No Repayment, No Pinterest (King Boy Pato), Friday, 4 May 2012 10:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah it's almost bizarre how consistent the polls have been, you don't really see that in american politics. I think there is less risk for some shocking result due to voter turnout disparities because almost everyone votes.
― iatee, Friday, 4 May 2012 13:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
anyway rip sarko your wife was pretty and I kinda dug the grand paris project
― iatee, Friday, 4 May 2012 13:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
changing his opponent's words so as to make it sound like his opponent is a fool,
I loved when Sarko chastised the Socialists for being behind DSK and Hollande said that they hadn't appointed him to the IMF.
― L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Friday, 4 May 2012 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
I have always been committed to European integration and it's sad that it's become the bugbear of French politics. There was nary a real reformer among the candidates except perhaps the tepid Bayrou and the numbers behind Le Pen and Melanchon are proof of a certain tradition of delusion among French voters.
― L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Friday, 4 May 2012 14:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
I don't think it's particular to france tho...that element exists throughout europe
― iatee, Friday, 4 May 2012 14:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Even Italy which has a tendency to be as ridiculous as possible has the Monti govmt.
― L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Friday, 4 May 2012 14:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
the problem with european integration is also that it has become a scapegoat for most politicians. if something doesn't seem to be working well, there's a 90% chance they'll lay the blame on european legislation. and when most of the things you hear about europe are about how its ruinng stuff, well then you're far less likely to actively root for it. as for bayrou i feel kind of bad for the guy. he's seriously probably the only candidate who offered reasoned, well-thought through solutions to tackle the economic crisis, yet no one really cares about him.
tbh i feel like a lot about politics in france is being influenced by shows like les guignols de l'info. i'd be curious to know if the flamby nickname that stuck to hollande came from that show for example (flamby is a flan-like dessert). that show also ruined bayrou's credibility a long time ago with the bus du colza and other stuff. i'd really love to read an informed study on that topic.
― Jibe, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
hollande beats sarkozy, as expected. however he does so without handing sarkozy the beating that was talked about. 51.7% of the votes for him.
― Jibe, Monday, 7 May 2012 03:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
over 70% turnout is really impressive in the context of...everywhere else in western europe. is this par for the course in france?
― liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Monday, 7 May 2012 08:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
The first round was over 80%, i think. Lower than 2007, though.
― Just like you, except hot (ShariVari), Monday, 7 May 2012 09:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
i'd be curious to know if the flamby nickname that stuck to hollande came from that show for example (flamby is a flan-like dessert)
flamby en flambé!
(annoyingly i don't think the expression "on fire" translates the same in french, and i have a suspicion "en flambé" isn't accurate anyway)
― liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Monday, 7 May 2012 09:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
the turnout is not particularly exceptional for a presidential election, as its been over 70% most of the time. for other elections i'm pretty sure the turnout is just as bad as it is elsewhere
xpost : not sure what you're trying to say with en flambé there so i'm gonna say you're right to be suspicious there
― Jibe, Monday, 7 May 2012 09:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
i think he's trying to say that hollande is "on fire" i.e. "doing great"
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
that's what i thought but felt like maybe he was talking about a new dessert, flamby flambé
― Jibe, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
i'd be curious to know if the flamby nickname that stuck to hollande came from that show for example
It looks like it came from Jack Lang, though Montebourg has used it too.
― L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
i read somewhere that bruno gaccio (the guignols de l'info guy) used that name as a general comment on the PS but that he now regretted having made this a huge thing.
― Jibe, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:04 (1 year ago) Permalink