Tournez à gauche

The first round of the French Presidential election is this Sunday. Is it just me, or do the parties on this ballot list remind anyone else of their university student council elections?

Olivier Besancenot – Revolutionary Communist League (Ligue communiste révolutionnaire)    
Marie-George Buffet – Popular and anti-liberal Left, supported by the French Communist Party (Parti communiste français)   
Gérard Schivardi – Workers’ Party (Parti des travailleurs)   
François Bayrou – Union for French Democracy (Union pour la démocratie française)  
José Bové – Alter-globalization activist  
Dominique Voynet – The Greens (Les Verts)  
Philippe de Villiers – Movement for France (Mouvement pour la France)  
Ségolène Royal – Socialist Party (Parti socialiste)  
Frédéric Nihous – Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Tradition (Chasse, pêche, nature, traditions)  
Jean-Marie Le Pen – National Front (Front national)  
Arlette Laguiller – Workers’ Struggle (Lutte ouvrière)  
Nicolas Sarkozy – Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un mouvement populaire)

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6 Responses to Tournez à gauche

  1. Dylan says:

    It would all be fine if they weren’t running to lead a nuclear power! 🙂

    A good blog on the election is here:

  2. conrad says:

    It would be interesting to see what universities would do if they had a Front National trying to register, although given the end of student unionism, I guess there is no need to worry about that anymore.

  3. It’s not just the candidates in France that remind me of student elections, it is often the results too. At the last presidential election, about 40% of the vote was won by candidates that would be regarded as the lunatic fringe in most Western countries.

  4. derrida derider says:

    Well, yes, Andrew but that is a product of the peculiar two-round process. It had unintended results last time though in getting Le Pen through to the next round.

    I once lived in Gough Whitlam’s electorate. Given his profile it attracted some colourful parties and candidates, and given preferential voting in a very safe seat many voters felt free to indulge their whimsy. I voted for the Sun-ripened Warm Tomato Party and gave my second preference to the Anti-Fluoridation party because their candidate had a really bizarre hairdo.

  5. Geoff R says:

    But French public opinion is not particularly divergent, rather the weakness of party identification reduces barriers to entry for more radical parties.

  6. Ben says:

    It sort of reaffirms the belief that the French Right is the Australian Centre

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