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    85% turnout in national French election

    France holds their elections on weekends. I've always wondered why we don't do the same in the USA.

    On another note, the "American friendly" candidate won over the socialist candidate. Friendship Fries now?
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Sarkozy wins

    A French president friendly to the U.S. and a market economy? Glory be!
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    The left left parts of france looking like Columbus after a big Ohio State win. It will be interesting to see how the parliamentary elections go.
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Torch in Pcola View Post
    The left left parts of france looking like Columbus after a big Ohio State win. It will be interesting to see how the parliamentary elections go.
    They've looked that way for the last year or so. Car fires are a nightly occurrence in some neighborhoods in France. That's part of the reason Sarkozy was more appealing...the socialists in France haven't done much about them.
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Not sure that I want more Americans who don't know or care about the issues and candidates voting. A higher turnout at the polls doesn't mean a better result...

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    I surely don't want to see more Americans at the polls who don't know what they are doing.

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinny View Post
    I surely don't want to see more Americans at the polls who don't know what they are doing.
    Agreed, but a high turnout doesn't mean people will remain ignorant of the issues Glad to see France is not continuing down their socialist path.

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

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    On election night, scattered violence was reported across France. Police reported that 270 people were taken in for questioning and that 367 parked vehicles had been torched. On a typical night in France, about 100 cars are burned.
    Car insurance must be a you-know-what in France.
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by Queasy1 View Post
    Car insurance must be a you-know-what in France.
    Wow! I think that I would look for a home with a garage...

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Updated numbers on the violence in France

    PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were arrested in France overnight in clashes between police and protesters angry over conservative Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election, police said.

    Official figures released on Monday said demonstrators set fire to 730 cars and injured 78 policemen across France, with 592 people arrested in the violent protests against the tough-talking former interior minister.

    The tally was revised sharply upwards after an initial report appeared to downplay the clashes and was at odds with local police figures and eyewitness reports, which suggested widespread troubles in numerous French cities.
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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by Queasy1 View Post

    This is what happens when you only have a 35 hr work week and lots of free time!

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by Queasy1 View Post
    The other 15 percent!

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    Re: 85% turnout in national French election

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNation View Post
    This is what happens when you only have a 35 hr work week and lots of free time!
    The 35 hour work week will soon be gone. Sarkozy wants to make overtime tax exempt. The reason for the 35 hour work week was to have more people employed and those already employed to have more time with their family. It didn't really work for the most part. People had more time off but it didn't solve the unemployment problem. One of the biggest problems was foreigners crossing the border to take French jobs. I'm an immigrant but I certainly wasn't looking for a job I employ two people. Royal wasn't a bad candidate and I backed her till the last debate then changed my mind and went with Sarkozy. Royal wasn't anti-American and Sarkozy's message to America is we can be friends but still have different opinions. Let that sift through your brain and see if you still have that warm fuzzy feeling about him. Do not look for France to do a 180 degree turn around in their policies.
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