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Ok I simply won't be able to type in all the questions. I'll stick to commenting like I would a sports match.

And as I say that Ségolène Royal pulls out the first diagram of the show! (map of France showing the power of regions - while arguing that France is the sum of its regions)

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:09:08 PM EST
She mentions that she would fully instate micro-credit, giving 2 to 10 thousand euros to people with a sound company project.
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:11:49 PM EST
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DSK is asked how he intends to bring about full employment. He says "employment is growth, if there is no growth, there is no employment [..] we need to massively invest in the industry and in research" (doesn't really give an answer)
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:13:33 PM EST
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So far I would sum it up as follows:

DSK wants to imitate Sarkozy (tries to look ultra-confident, economically modern etc)

Fabius is a bit confused, probably because he doesn't really know how much he should try to seduce the extreme-left.

Royal is probably the most passionate, but talks longer than others (gets scolded by the hosts). It's hard to tell whether she's talking from the heart or a very good comedian reciting her notes. If it's the first, she'll have convinced a lot of people tonight (after 30 minutes of debate). If not, she'll be like DSK.

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:16:52 PM EST
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My appreication may be short-lived, as time passes the candidates are becoming less hazy and feel more at ease:

Fabius is starting to pull off a harder left rhetoric, but still speaks slowly.

DSK is becoming more passionate, speaks faster, but still has a liberal-tinted tone.

Royal speaks at the same rate, neither fast nor slow, seems tranquil.

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:30:20 PM EST
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Royal wants to make delocalisations illegal for companies that yield profits.
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:30:57 PM EST
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Explaining that any company that yields profits can innovate and, if ushered the right way, can create truly social added value. So it doesn't need to delocalise!
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:32:00 PM EST
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OOOOooooooh what a Blairiste!!!!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:33:29 PM EST
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I heard DSK say elsewhere the other day that what was needed was to get growth going so there'd be something to redistribute. He went down in my opinion right away. (If that's all he can come up with...)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:23:24 PM EST
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