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French Presidency 2017
Seems early but... the centre-right primary is later this year. It is about now the various Presidential candidates are formally announcing their intention to run.

Quote:On the left, a former minister is launching a socialist, Eurosceptic campaign:

French socialist Arnaud Montebourg has become the latest among François Hollande’s former ministers to declare a rival presidential bid. Mr Montebourg accused the president on Sunday of betraying the “ideals of the left” and urged him to refrain from seeking a second term.

Speaking in Frangy-en-Bresse, a village in Burgundy, Mr Mont ebourg said: “I’m a candidate because it’s impossible for me to support the current president. I wish I could … For me, this presidential term cannot be defended.”

The 53-year-old former economy minister outlined his “project France”, a statist platform mixing tax breaks for the middle class, protectionist measures for small businesses, a possible nationalisation of a French bank, a vow to overhaul the EU and scrap the bloc’s deficit target of 3 per cent of gross domestic product to free France from “austerity”.

With less than eight months before presidential polls, France has switched into campaign mode. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former conservative president and head of the Republicans party, is expected to announce this week his intentions to run for the centre-right presidential primaries, held in late November.

On the left, Mr Montebourg’s candidacy follows that of Benoît Hamon, a socialist MP and a former education minister, and Cecile Duflot, a former housing minister and green MP. All three stepped down from Mr Hollande’s government in 2014 in opposition to the president’s pro-business policy shift. Their candidacies expose the deep divisions on the left and highlight the difficulties Mr Hollande will have in winning a second term.

Citing the lack of economic results — high unemployment and sluggish growth — the trio spearheaded a rebellion that denied the government a majority in parliament and forced it to use presidential decrees on several occasions to pass bills, including the recent labour market reform bill.

They have also pushed for primary elections to pick the left’s candidate, which risks setting up the deeply unpopular Mr Hollande for a humiliating defeat.

After much wrangling, the Socialist party decided to hold primaries in January. Mr Hollande’s supporters say the primaries will be an opportunity for the president to neutralise rivals and unify the left before the first round of the presidential polls in April.

Most opinion polls predict the socialist leader would not qualify for the second ballot, coming third behind Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader, and the centre-right nominee, whether Mr Sarkozy or Alain Juppé, the former prime minister.
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2016 Aug 22 12:24
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I have already said that here but except if there are terrorist attacks with thousands of dead people, I think there is nothing to expect from these elections.

Left is dead, Hollande killed them. FN is becoming too soft despite the attacks. And the cuckservatives are being more hardcore than Marine Le Pen (just for the election) so they will probably win it.
2016 Aug 27 21:35
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(2016 Aug 27 21:35)Erwann Wrote:  Left is dead, Hollande killed them. FN is becoming too soft despite the attacks. And the cuckservatives are being more hardcore than Marine Le Pen (just for the election) so they will probably win it.

FN is being soft and is trying to coddle up to the muzzies. A Catholic who is worth his or her salt will never make peace with muzzies. o_O;
2016 Aug 30 07:52
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Fortunately there is Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, more identitarian and less republican.
2016 Sep 09 23:17
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I remember what a scandal it was when Le Pen (the grand old man) made it to the second round of the presidential elections, around the year 2000 was it? How times have changed.

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2016 Sep 09 23:54
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A few hundred casualties in the streets of Paris change the rules overnight. Though I do not see the FN in power, and even if they got into power that would not help as as long as Marine and her band of ass pirates run the party.


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