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yesterday, French deputies have started debating on "Le Mariage Pour Tous", a bill allowing homosexual couples to marry and to adopt children together.

Personally, although I was a supporter of the PACS and I have always thought that it was ridiculous to ban gay couple from adopting kids – I don't believe for a minute that mother+father is the key formula to properly raise children or that parenting has anything to do with sexual preferences–, I have never been in favour of "gay marriage" per se, because I considered it to be super hetero-conformist or even just conformist. I made my point about that years ago.

But all the anti-gay marriage cliques, that have been so loud for a few months, and their retrograd rethoric and silly "fantasies", made me change my mind, or rather made me want to support "le mariage pour tous". Now I want this bill to pass!

Besides, yesterday Christine Taubira, Minister of Justice, made a historical speech (in every sense of the term) recalling the evolution of marriage in France for centuries, what civil marriage means for the Republic and the process of secularization that has been at work since 1791 :

Retrouvez l'intégralité de l'intervention de... par LCP

Of course the right wing didn't like it, hence the voices you can hear in the background. Meanwhile a fundamenalist Catholic group called Civitas (crazy homophobic people who still say that homosexuality is an abnormality) was praying outside of L'Assemblée Nationale...

That bill will be a step in the right direction, but there's still progresses to make, concerning family and rights equality, since non-married couple cannot adopt children (while single people can), and non married persons (either homosexual or not) cannot benefit from medically assisted procreation. Which is highly ironical when you think that one marriage in 2 ends with a divorce.

Someday maybe this society won't revolve around the model of two married human beings or even around the couple norm.

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YES !!!!!!!!

HE IS OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's official, 17 years after Mitterrand we have a new François as president.

I don't expect much from François Hollande – he is a centrist, not a true socialist* –, I'm not going to celebrate his victory at La Bastille, but it's such a relief to be free of Sarkozy and his gang.
Hollande must be aware that this was a vote anti-Sarkozy not a support of his person and his politics.

No champagne, then, but I'm treating myself with a glass of Drambuie to drink to Sarkozy's defeat. I never liked Chirac but I just loathed everything Sarkozy.

*Hollande already embodies at least one big change. For the first time in our history we have a president who is not married, although he does live with a woman. Marriage is just not Hollande's thing even though he is in favour of "marriage for everybody" (either gay couples or heterosexual ones). His partner is a known journalist, and his former partner was Ségolène Royale (and mother of their four children) who Sarkozy beat in 2007...

ETA: I knew that Sarkozy could not win on my beloved cat's birthday! :- )


Apr. 30th, 2012 07:23 pm
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These days I can't watch television because I can't stand seeing or hearing Sarkozy. I hope his presidency will end very soon. I'm just ashamed to have this guy for president.

He's just a lowlife liar...only interested in "success" and money; he's been feeding the far-right with borrowing their favourite themes; he's been destroying public education, healthcare, justice, free media; he's been butchering Molière's tongue for 5 years, creating new syntax and unlikely grammar in the process, and he and his gang are so uncultured that it isn't even funny...just sad.

His last howler? He mentioned Stéphane Camus in a speech...

He is an embarrassment and a disgrace.

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So far voting: 80,3 %

People are still voting in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, but the first estimations are already known and all over the Internet thanks to AFP, Swiss and Belgian media, and twittos from Belgium and Switzerland. No big surprise for the second ballot.

If MLP's results turn out to be correct, it sucks (and it also means that the FN electors are there, especially in this context of crisis, no matter how incompetent their leader is)...


Apr. 21st, 2012 11:28 am
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The campaign is now officially over and our media are not allowed to provide opinion polls anymore...until the official results of the first ballot, tomorrow at 20:00.

As usual it's a big controversy over here, because it seems unfair that "the ones in the know" are privileged while the common citizens will have to wait until 20:00 (because polling stations close at 20:00 in Paris), especially given that the first results are supposed to be "knwon" by journalists and political teams at about 18:00.

Will Belgian and Swiss media provide them?

Leaks are to be expected and on twitter the resistance is already set up with hashtag #RadioLondres. "Les Français parlent aux Français" was the famous broadcast program in the 1940's that allowed the FFL, who had followed De Gaulle in London,  and the Resistance in France to communicate.

Several twittos are already trying coded messages for tomorrow. Some are funny and creative, others are not.

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A French movies website has asked our 10 candidates their top 5 movies, their take on Hadopi (a bill against downloading) and their program concerning culture

The film choices are interesting. Some of them might be genuine, others probably belong to political calculation regarding to what their voters like, what the candidates themselves are supposed to like (and in some case it's an opportunity to shatter an image), or what they would like the citizens to think they enjoy!

Some of you may remember that in 2007 I decided to post and parse the candidates' official campaign poster. I won't do that for this election, but I think that the top 5 movies list is interesting to study.

Their picks and my analysis, under the cut.

Ten politicians and their favourite movies )
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In six days we'll have the first round of the Presidential election. So bear with me because I'm probably going to talk about the election until the 6th of May. We have 10 candidates this year(1 far right, 3 right, 3 left, 2 far-left and Cheminade who is very hard to label!), and for most of French citizens the point is to get rid of Sarkozy so every opinion poll has been giving François Hollande as the winner. He is not my candidate, though.

It is no secret that I support one of the 3 left candidates (the only left candidate IMO), that is Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

For a long time media have ignored him, but things have changed so my flist might have heard of  Mélenchon. 5 days ago there was an article on The Guardian about him and there's a new one today that explains very well why JLM is my candidate!

Weird. I can no longer access (ETA: bug is fixed) Philippe Marlières' article in The Guardian. But I copied it. So if you want to understand my choice, read:

The article )

J- 1

Apr. 21st, 2007 03:53 pm
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So this is the last day of my little game and here are the last three of the Twelve.


J - 2

Apr. 20th, 2007 05:52 pm
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Our first candidate today must be unknown by foreigners...Hell he's barely known in France!

The second one is more famous...

And the last candidate of the day is

J- 2

Apr. 20th, 2007 02:36 pm
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I will post about Nihous, Royal and Sarkozy later, but I want to add something about our previous flyers.


[personal profile] sister_luck pointed out it was very populist, showing Le Pen as an action man (despite his age!) with a carnassial smile. In his handwritten motto, Le Pen wrote "Vive la Vie, Vive la République Vive la France" in that order. I checked out and he's the only one who used the word "la vie". I think it's interesting. What does that mean?

I believe it's a wink to the traditionalist (pro-life) Catholics who, according to the polls, would tend to vote for Sarkozy. Le Pen had to use a card that other candidates from the right didn't dare to use. He can no longer rely only on his infamous "La France aux Français" and the nationalist speech about immigration because De Villiers AND Sarkozy took up that field too (Sarkozy even stole his motto "La France tu l'aimes ou tu la quittes!"). 

So "La Vie" appears on the poster just as sacred as "La République" or "La France" (the use of la République is to reassure people of course). It's a simple message, 3 truths, 3 unchanging values. Le Pen is assuming a pro-life profile by using the word on his poster. A year ago his daughter said that abortion was a horror but seemed to have given up the idea of repealing the Loi Veil. Le Pen backed her up. Now he says that if he's President he will hold a referendum on abrogating abortion.

Of course the same candidate is also asking for the return of death penalty in France while the law that bannished it in 1981 is now part of our Constitution ! "Vive la Vie" has obviously its limits...

So I can't help posting extracts from the famous speech of a Republican who asked for the repeal of death penalty in May 1791...


J - 3

Apr. 19th, 2007 12:36 pm
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First off, a very happy birthday to [profile] scarlett2u! I may cook a chocolate cake later...I wish I could share it with you.

Also this morning I cooked a chicken curry.

I should be marking but I can't. I'm too stressed to do anything work-wise so I'm going to the hairdresser. I need a haircut anyway !

I leave you with 3 other candidates so you can ponder the poster while I'm getting my hair done.

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Americans have wasps and we have bees! 

Sorry for the bad pun...

After Bayrou's here are the other B's posters as promised.

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That's it, it has arrived. I found the enveloppe in my mail box this afternoon. Inside there were the 12 ballots and the 12 propaganda information letters from our 12 candidates. They are A3 size, folded in two, which gives 4 pages. The first page usually shows the poster of the candidate as it appears on streets.

So I've decided to scan them for you and post here my analysis. I will mostly parse the first page of each letter for I'm sure it's the most important part of their propaganda. 
Since there are 4 days left I will do 3 candidates per day following the alphabetical order. Feel free to play along and give your insight ! I'm sure that everybody could come up with interesting stuff even though you aren't French citizens and perhaps for that very reason.

Let's start with B...

Bayrou )

So who wants to play? I will post the two other posters later and we'll analyze them together. Okay?

I know, I know it's a very teacher thing to do, but I don't have my students at hand these days so bear with me.

J- 5

Apr. 17th, 2007 08:00 pm
chani: (sunset)

Cher Philippe de Villiers,

Si vous entendez vous placer au-dessus de la mêlée et donner des leçons de morale politique à vos concurrents mieux vaudrait éviter, lorsque vous êtes vous-même à la tribune, de vous laisser aller à ces saillies grotesques qui amusent certes la plèbe mais vous ridiculisent. Car enfin dire de Ségolène Royal qu'elle a l'allure de Jeanne d'Arc et le cerveau de Bécassine n'est ni à votre honneur ni à celui d'une France que vous prétendez vouloir servir.

Une citoyenne qui ne votera pas pour vous.


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