Thursday, June 14, 2007

Implanting the MPF

In case you missed it there is another election in France this coming Sunday - the second round of the legislative elections. Many are calling it the fourth round of the presidential election, last Sunday having been the third.

President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to win only in those districts where bread is sold.

The group calling themselves Nationalists Against Le Pen are printing in letters four inches high at their website that absolutely no vote is to be cast for the arch-traitor Marine Le Pen.

The Catholic websites are acutely aware that much of their advice to voters on moral and ethical issues was not heeded as the public rallied almost blindly to Sarkozy.

As for Philippe de Villiers, he is pursuing his tactic of supporting the majority, and his spokesman Guillaume Peltier has issued a statement of support for the UMP candidates. The story was in Nouvel Observateur:

(...) The general secretary of the MPF (Mouvement pour la France), Guillaume Peltier, indicated on Tuesday June 12, that the party of Philippe de Villiers will support the UMP candidates in the second round of the legislative elections, with few exceptions. "In nearly all cases, there will be support for the UMP candidate" on the part of the MPF candidate who was eliminated last Sunday, declared Guillaume Peltier. The exceptions could be those UMP candidates who do not commit themselves to opposing the entry of Turkey in the EU, for example.

Nor will the MPF support certain candidates such as Alain Carignon (1) in Grenoble, calling for a blank ballot in this case, he pointed out.

According to Guillaume Peltier, the five hundred or so candidates labeled MPF and affiliated parties garnered in all 362,587 votes in the first round, or 1.84 percent of the votes cast.

The State subsidies to the MPF (...) should reach about 800,000 euros in the years to come, predicts Guillaume Peltier.

Note: I presume the subsidy is annual.

The objective of the MPF is to succeed in bringing about the election of "several thousand" local officials in the coming municipal elections in order to pursue the party's "implantation", he declared.

One can't really argue with this strategy - the big prize being unattainable, it follows that several smaller ones would bolster the party's national reputation.

(1) I was curious about Alain Carignon. It seems he's the former mayor of Grenoble who was convicted of corruption (self enrichment at taxpayers' expense). Few wanted to see him back in politics, but as in the case of Alain Juppé, you can't keep a bad man down.

For those who read French, there is a website called Non à Carignon. Click the February 1, 2007 entry in the tan box to the right for an incredible chronology of corruption that resulted eventually in a five-year prison sentence, of which he served about two years. There you will find the cartoon, pictured above, with the caption: "I am not a monster. I'm just a little bit corrupt!"

It is not surprising that PDV would shun such a candidate; the surprising thing is that Nicolas Sarkozy, who shunned Jérôme Rivière and Christian Vanneste, would not.

And he made it to the second round!

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