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So ultimately this wound up not all that close, although the swing is pretty large and so somewhat worrying.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 08:54:49 PM EST
by generic on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 09:05:38 PM EST
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Not to sound obvious, but in the French 2-round FPTP system, this is the only motivation left to voters of candidates eliminated in the first round. Those who were not motivated stayed home (or did cast a blank ballot). It has happened in all presidential elections.

This is nothing new, except that this time, the alternative was a far-right candidate who proclaimed her intention to turn France into a bigger version of Hungary.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 09:19:09 PM EST
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Hah, and the most likely sample size is 11. Still, for some reason we've been running into a lot of all-important elections that could spell utter doom for the country. Not important enough to not raise the retirement age and lower wealth taxes of course.
by generic on Sun Apr 24th, 2022 at 10:01:32 PM EST
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Macron had a clear strategy for re-election, since 2017 :

  • Co-opt the more capable people from the mainstream right
  • Promote Le Pen as his only worthy opponent

I wonder what his strategy is for 2027? Perhaps he will run Jean Castex for President, and become his Prime Minister...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Apr 25th, 2022 at 10:26:44 AM EST
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