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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue May 07, 2019 2:04 am

Macron's party falls behind Le Pen's far right in EU election poll

PARIS (Reuters) - The party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen will top the upcoming European Parliament elections with 22 percent of the vote, just ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s REM party, an Ipsos poll released on Sunday.
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The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3, after Macron announced a series of proposals, including tax cuts worth 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion), in a bid to appease the “yellow vests” anti-government protest movement.

Macron’s REM party would obtain 21.5 percent of the vote, the Ipsos poll for France Television and Radio France showed. On April 18-22, 23 percent of the people polled said they would vote for REM, against 22 percent for RN.

Macron is facing the biggest challenge of his presidency yet in the “yellow vest” protests, which started nearly six months ago over the high cost of living but spread into a broader movement against the former investment banker’s pro-business reform drive.

Dissatisfaction over slow economic growth, security threats posed by Islamist militants and a backlash against migration across open EU borders have boosted support for nationalists in many member states.

The RN and other eurosceptic anti-immigration parties in other EU states are planning to join forces after the EU parliamentary election.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 07, 2019 2:14 am

It is because the French are really going "far" right? Or is it a question of Macron being totally awful?

I don't have an opinion on that, but it occurs to me based on American politics.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue May 07, 2019 11:40 am

I think it's just a case of Macron being unpopular.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat May 18, 2019 12:12 am

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I'll let you translate the panel's text. :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat May 18, 2019 12:14 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:19 am

Police officers will face charges over yellow vest protests

PARIS — A leading French prosecutor says some police officers will face trial over the police violence that have taken place at protests by people wearing yellow vests.

In an interview with the daily Le Parisien published Friday, Remy Heitz said 174 investigations linked to security forces have been opened in Paris.

He said “some police officers will be sent before a criminal court by the end of the year.”

Several cases are related to the use by police of rubber projectiles, Heitz noted, adding that no police officer has been handed preliminary charges so far.
https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/05/31 ... -protests/

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:57 pm

Still trying to build the nuclear reactor in Flamanville. (I say "try" because the security commission again wants the manufacturer to control dubious welds – which are now in "difficult to access" spots.)

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Initially, in 2007, the project was meant to last 5 years and cost 3.3 billions €.

Project state as of June (https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/ar ... 55770.html):

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Costs +233 %, duration +200 %. There are some calls for dropping it altogether. :mrgreen:


Of course Abdul will say that's completely normal for gub'ment work.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:38 pm

Some views from La France profonde (Deep France):

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Tour de France right now. Greatest yearly religious procession.


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Baguette drive-through, Leclerc supermarket in Brittany.


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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:40 pm

is drive really French for something, or is it creeping Anglicism?
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:52 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:40 pm
is drive really French for something, or is it creeping Anglicism?
Anglicism. No equivalent concept in French.

With time it gets integrated, e. g. redingote from riding coat, bifteck from beef steak, &c.