Expat Magazine

239. Politics à La Française

By Piperade
239. Politics à la française1st February. I wrote a few months ago that I thought François Fillon would be the next president of France. Well, recent events may have proved me wrong. It was alleged in the Canard Enchainé - a whistle-blowing satirical French newspaper - that Fillon's (Welsh) wife Penelope had been paid 900,000€ for what was claimed to be fictitious work and that furthermore two of his five children (who were students at the time) were employed as parliamentary assistants, earning another 84,000€. I would have thought, perhaps naïvely, that as the couple had both been trained as lawyers that somewhere in the mix that we could have reasonably expected to find a spot of integrity. I should add that, so far, these are allegations and that maybe he has a satisfactory answer for this story. I must admit that at first I thought this was simply a well-timed smear story, released by someone with the intent of derailing the Fillon presidential campaign but I have to say that the omens aren't good for him. 
I think this story might well see the end of his presidential ambitions. If so, it leaves the field wide open as the other candidates are, with one exception, something of a dog's breakfast. Representing the Parti socialiste is Benoît Hamon, and he's cut from the same cloth as the UK's Jeremy Corbyn - therefore unelectable in 2017. The far right Front National will be represented by Marine Le Pen and she might make it through to the second round. At the moment, it's unclear who will be the candidate for Les Républicains - whether it might still yet be Fillon, or perhaps the septuagenarian Juppé will step forward. 
The one exception I referred to earlier is Emmanuel Macron. He is young (40 I believe) and he could well attract votes from those disaffected PS voters who feel let down by Hollande and who refuse to vote for the far Left Hamon. For those on the Right, Fillon now has a question mark over him - is he damaged goods? And Juppé will be seen as a safe pair of hands perhaps by some, certainly - and by others as far too old and lacking in dynamism. It's difficult to judge the appeal that Marine Le Pen has for the voters. I'm not sure that she could win the second round if she makes it through the first. The one wild card is Macron - he's a technocrat in the classic French mold - and he's a highly intelligent énarque. He's positioning himself somewhere around the center and he believes in more, not less, Europe. I read the other day that he is proposing that the EU adopts a common debt policy. This means that all members of the eurozone are responsible for the debts incurred by member states. Have a think about the implications of that for a moment. Can he connect with the ordinary voter - enough for them to vote for him? As Madame says - it's a panier de crabes!
Meanwhile, in the UK, there is much hand-wringing among the usual suspects over the proposed State visit by President Trump to the UK. The figure below on the left is Jeremy Corbyn.. who spent 30-odd years as a backbencher in Parliament before his surprise accession to the leadership of the Labour Party. He is seen by many as unelectable.     239. Politics à la française

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Fighting Aging With Clarisonic

    Fighting Aging With Clarisonic

    This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Caits Cozy Corner possible! Read more

    14 hours, 45 minutes ago by   Cait
    LIFESTYLE
  • Classic Yet Modern Wedding in Athens | Amanda & Andreas

    Classic Modern Wedding Athens Amanda Andreas

    Amanda and Andreas wanted to create a wedding that will combine classic and modern elements together. They chose to decorate their wedding with white flowers,... Read more

    15 hours, 2 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • Varina by Charles Frazier

    Varina Charles Frazier

    What a writer this guy is! He can craft a sentence or paragraph like nobody's business. Charles Frazier's latest novel is a richly imagined account of the life... Read more

    15 hours, 45 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot in a Villa

    Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot Villa

    Today we’re sharing with you a unique photoshoot that will transport you back in time! The aim of this shoot was to enhance the beauty of a 1500’s Villa in the... Read more

    16 hours, 22 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • This Weekend in Antwerp: 22nd, 23rd & 24th June

    This Weekend Antwerp: 22nd, 23rd 24th June

    Here’s the map! Good times! It’s Bier Passie Weekend over the whole weekend on Groenplaats. Bier Passie opens on Friday at 5. The opening hours for Saturday... Read more

    18 hours, 24 minutes ago by   Nessascityblog
    DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • The Sticky Date Pudding to Die for and Amazingly Egg-less Too! - HIGHLY...

    Sticky Date Pudding Amazingly Egg-less Too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    version;Why will I die for these plain and simple looking sticky date puddings?Simply because it is so insanely irresistibly yummy!!! Perhaps you might do the... Read more

    21 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Zoebakeforhappykids
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Matcha Nama Chocolate

    Matcha Nama Chocolate

    (recipe adapted from Justonecookbook)Ingredients:400g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (I used Ghirardelli chocolate)125ml heavy whipping cream25g... Read more

    21 hours, 45 minutes ago by   Cathysjoy
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES

Magazines