Yes, the législatives election to elect or re-elect the French MPs and therefore the French assembly is tomorrow and the final round.
Big f***ing meh honestly.
My opinion of Macron and beyond him his party or supports is documented enough here. Won’t rehash, but the NUPES left wing coalition is insane. If you think Jeremy Corbyn was bad, Jean Luc Melenchon is far worse.
- Wants to raise taxes drastically and mind you not only for the super rich/wealthy but also the middle/upper middle class.
- Everytime some suburban thug with a heavy criminal record got injured or killed during a police pursuit in the streets, he has called the police as an institution « barbarians » and lately even mentioned that the police shouldn’t « apply the death penalty itself » in a case where a thug wanted to ram his car on the police trying to stop him and got killed.
- Likewise taxes, inheritance over 400,000€ of whether property or bank savings shall be heavily taxed.
- Some of his candidate for MPs and assembly seats have borderline ties to jihadists and a very blurred line with political Islam.
The list goes on and could be even more outrageous.
As for Le Pen and her party, they never do too well in such elections but could still take 20-40 seats and MPs.
Final results tomorrow around 8pm GMT+1.
Last but not least, abstention even since the last presidential election appear to have been the biggest winner.
More than half of the French population called to the ballots don’t want to cast a valid name, which I can understand regarding these parties but I don’t want to hear from some of them afterwards : « Bleh, Macron; Melenchon, Le Pen sucks »
Not really sure what Mélanchon is trying to achieve by this, apart from the obvious PR stunt, but he apparently promised to naturalize Assange and grant him a medal if he becomes PM.
Statement which raises some problems:
1- Even if "Mélanchon"/Nupes wins the elections and gets the parliamentarian majority, Macron still won't have to nominate him as PM. Historical precedents have had the President nominate the leader of the majority as PM, but he is under no obligation of doing so, iirc.
2- Naturalization of individuals is not an initiative from the PM. the PM grants it, but does not give it. The person, Assange, has to ask for it. So, if Mélanchon is PM, and if Assange ask for it, then Mélanchon will approve. That's a lot of "if-s".
3- The attribution of medals and other honors is not up to the PM. The President is the one nominating and signing the decree.
4- Being naturalized and "medalized" won't change anything for Assange. He will still be extradited to the US where he will be judged and likely sentenced to prison.
5- And if so, the US won't have to "give Assange back" to France.
Not political related at its early stage, but this general strike on oil refineries are becoming to be a pain in the arse for the French population, therefore it’s becoming political because the queue at any gas station, especially in the North or France are insane. Waiting up to two hours to refuel 40€ of gas, diesel or whatever you use.
Basically French giant Total is trying to hold talks with its employees about their salaries. Mind you, someone starting a career in a refinery can begin at ~3000€ a month to be nearing 5000€ before retirement. I can think of far more miserable workers… as usual during any strikes, the common people pay the price.
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