I Have a Dream: The Black Future of France

May 7, 2007 at 8:38 am | Posted in Elections, Politics, video | Leave a comment
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Martin Luther King would have liked this, I hope you like it, too:

Found on Paris Noire sur Blanc (Paris, black on white, NO, not Paris Hilton!), originally created by leCRAN (Conseil Representatif des Associations Noires= Representative Council of Black Associations).

Elections France – Results: Sarkozy 53,1%, Royal 46,9%

May 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Elections | 1 Comment
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Sarkozy achieved the third best result in a second round of voting in France. Better results were only achieved by Charles de Gaulle in 1965 (55,2%, in a run-off against François Mitterand) and in 1988 by François Mitterand (54%, against Jaques Chirac). Currently 52 years old, he is going to be the youngest president of France (Charles de Gaulle, 68; Georges Pompidou, 57; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 48; François Mitterrand, 64; Jacques Chirac, 62; Nicolas Sarkozy, 52). Sources: Le Monde, Wikipedia)

Sarkozy announced that the United States “can count on our friendship” (“les Etats-Unis “peuvent compter sur notre amitié” Source: Le Monde).

After the announcement of the results, supporters of the socialist candidate gathered at the Place de La Bastille, disappointedly as could be judged from slogans like “Sarko facho” (pronunciation close to: sarKAUGH faSHAUGH, meaning: Sarkozy, the fascist) [Source: Le Monde]. In that context, I would once more like to propose the much cuter nickname Nicolas Narkozy, N.N.

Royal asked her 17 million voters to “continue together” and to “keep up the confidence, keep your enthusiasm alive, stay mobilized, other democratic encounters are waiting for us. […] What we have undertaken for France is going to bear fruit, that I am sure of.”

“Gardez confiance, gardez intact votre enthousiasme, restez mobilisés, d’autres rendez-vous démocratiques nous attendent”, a-t-elle lancé à ses partisans, avant de conclure : “Ce que nous avons entrepris pour la France portera ses fruits, j’en suis sûre!” (Source: Le Monde“)

It’s also worth the while to have a look at Le Monde’s map of the results by district (département): Départements in which Sarkozy got the majority of votes are baby boy blue, départements where Royal is leading are coloured baby girl pink. Those who don’t know where to place Paris: It’s the shaded area in the middle, the département bears the name Île-de-France (not very legible in this map). The purely pink/blue coloured big map might be a bit misleading, as the candidates could not ‘win’ individual districts: The votes all go into the same pot. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find two smaller maps which are a more accurate representation of the results, presented in shades of blue / shades of pink.

Carte Departements

Articles in English: “Sarkozy takes French Presidency”, The Guardian (More articles about France in The Guardian)

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