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  1. 1 hour ago, ko12x2 said:

    I am, or would be, but she has zero chance; well less than Macron, Le Pen, Mélenchon, Zemmour. April 10 I will vote for my preferred candidate (who will not make it to April 24) and then for 'ABC' (the equivalent to UK Any But Conservative').

    I would prefer Nathalie Arthaud to Hidalgo, but as you say neither of them will make it. I would have preferred Taubira to either of those but she was seen off by the machinations of the other partes.

  2. I suspect that Zemmour is there  to drain  the pus from the from the abscess on French politics that the  extreme right represents, (but only in appearance)  and make MLP seem almost reasonable; but once he is eliminated  they will all flock back behind her for the second round.

    I have a feeling she might win, as has already happened in Béziers with our Maire.

     

  3. Salut printemps, jeune saison
    Dieu rend aux plaines leur couronne
    La sève ardente qui bouillonne
    S'épanche et brise sa prison
    Bois et champs sont en floraison.
    
    Un monde invisible bourdonne
    L'eau sur le caillou qui résonne
    Court et dit sa claire chanson
    
    Salut printemps, jeune saison
    Dieu rend aux plaines leur couronne
    La sève ardent qui bouillonne
    S'épanche et brise sa prison
    
    Le genet dore la colline
    Sur le vert gazon l'aubépine
    Verse la neige de ses fleurs
    Tout est fraicheur, Amour, lumière
    Et du sein fécond de la terre
    Montent des chants et des senteurs.
    
    Salut printemps, jeune saison
    Dieu rend aux plaines leur couronne
    La sève ardente qui bouillonne
    S'épanche et brise sa prison
    Salut printemps!
  4. !Nous n'avons plus de maisons!
    Les ennemis ont tout pris, tout pris, tout pris,
    Jusqu'à notre petit lit!
    Ils ont brûlé l'école et notre maître aussi,
    Ils ont brûlé l'égilse et monsieur Jésus-Christ,
    Et le vieux pauvre qui n'a pas pu s'en aller!

    Nous n'avons plus de maisons!
    Les ennemis ont tout pris, tout pris, tout pris,
    Jusqu'à notre petit lit!
    Bien sûr! Papa est à la guerre,
    Pauvre maman est morte!
    Avant d'avoir vu tout ça.
    Qu'est-ce que l'on va faire?
    Noël, petit Noël, n'allez pas chez eux, n'allez plus jamais chez eux, punissez-les!
    Vengez les enfants de France!
    Les petits Belges, les petits Serbes, et le petits Polonais aussi!
    Si nous en oublions, pardonnez-nous.
    Noël! Noël! surtout, pas de joujoux,
    Tâchez de nous redonner le pain quotidien.

    Nous n'avons plus de maisons!
    Les ennemis ont tout pris, tout pris, tout pris,
    Jusqu'à notre petit lit!
    Ils ont brûlé l'école et notre maître aussi,
    Ils ont brûlé l'égilse et monsieur Jésus-Christ,
    Et le vieux pauvre qui n'a pas pu s'en aller!

    Noël! écoutez-nous, nous n'avons plus de petits sabots!
    Mais donnez la victoire aux enfants de France!

    YouTube (https://youtu.be/iCVO7Pv6T5M)
    Petits Chanteurs de Paris - Debussy - Noël des enfants qui..
    Les Petits Chanteurs de Paris perform Claude Debussy's Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison "Christmas for the Homeless Children" L. 139, composed in 1915

     

  5. This is taking on the proportions of a scandal. Private consulting firms have been paid to advise on decisions which could easily have been made with advice from the civil servants in the ministries concerned.

    One firm with its snout in the gravy train is the American firm McKinsey who took nearly 4 million euros to advise on lowering the payment of the APL (housing benefit) by 5 euros per claimant, but employing these sharks to give spurious solutions based on  disgraceful cost-cutting methods used in the private sector while pocketing a hefty fee themselves has become a reflex.

     

     

    https://www.senat.fr/rap/r21-578-1/r21-578-1-syn.pdf

  6. What seems to be doing most damage to Macron is his intention to reform pensions, and to make those in receipt of the RSA do several hours of Community service in exchange.

    MLP , strange though it may seem at first, less eager to do either of these. Her method of saving money is more aimed at  removing benefits from all non-French residents, which plays well with the working-class base she targets.

    For a similar reason, and partly because he is the only left-wing candidate to have reached double figures in the opinion polls, so some  see him as a 'vote utile'  Mélonchon is making a late run, though it  is unlikely he will make the last two and impossible IMO that he could win..

    https://www.lefigaro.fr/fig-data/sondages-programmes-candidats-discours-dates-deplacements-scrutin-20210906/

  7. 1 minute ago, NormanH said:

    Google translate : Have you received a message (email or SMS) that seems to come from Health Insurance or its Internet platform Ameli? This message informs you of a pending refund or the availability of a new Vitale card: it invites you to fill out a form with your personal information, or even your bank card, to obtain this unexpected refund, or pay shipping costs to receive your new Vitale card? Warning ! You are most likely facing a phishing attempt that usurps the identity of the Health Insurance. The objective of cybercriminals is to steal your personal and/or banking information to make fraudulent use of it.

  8. 14 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    Looks like poor old Poutou is out of it then!

    Maybe the French voting public enjoy watching Macron pose on the world stage as he tries to get Putin out of Ukraine. But were the election held in say twelve month's time when inflation and rising living costs are beginning to bite then the result might be different.

    On the other hand there is no really coherent, plausible opposition.

    The main opposition comes from candidates who are more implicated with Russia than Macron  is. MLP previously took out a Russian loan for her campaign and this time had one from Hungary https://www.lemonde.fr/election-presidentielle-2022/article/2022/02/02/marine-le-pen-a-obtenu-un-pret-de-10-6-millions-d-euros-d-une-banque-hongroise-pour-la-campagne-presidentielle_6112009_6059010.html

    and Zemmour who has openly sympathised with Russia     https://www.nouvelobs.com/politique/20220225.AFP7859/a-chambery-zemmour-tente-de-defendre-sa-position-sur-la-russie.html.

    and is seen as having been Putin's candidate for the Presidency ..https://www.nouvelobs.com/election-presidentielle-2022/20211031.OBS50484/le-kremlin-vote-zemmour.html....

    So the War in Ukraine hasn't bolstered their position even if Zemmour  is Ken's favorite as he said previously

  9. The after effects of this war have haunted France ever since and so you may well see reference to it all over at the moment.

    I posted a link to an excellent series on Arte (with English subtitles) on another thread but here it is again

    https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/095161-001-A/at-war-for-algeria/

     

    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2022/03/17/les-60-ans-des-accords-d-evian-pour-une-memoire-decomplexee_6117849_3212.html

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