Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The bitter, bad losers of the French parliamentary election

Macron's party appears to be heading towards absolute control of parliament. Under the French presidential system Macron will have more or less total control of how the country is governed.

However there is something very wrong with the French electoral system if one believes in parliamentary democracy.

Over 51% of the country did not vote. Plus those who voted blanc. Of those that did vote his party got just under a third of the vote. That means his popular support is less than a third of less than 50%.

Not exactly a massive support on the part of the French people. He was too young to have known 1968; not even born in fact.  Everyone of my generation has his own '68, be it Paris, Prague or Saigon. We of course are "yesterday's men" whose opinions are not fit for the dustbin.

If he doesn't deliver on what he's promised ( I can't exactly remember what that was) the French are likely to resort to their favourite oppositon platform, that is the street.

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