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Midnight deadline forces candidates to stop campaigns

April 20, 2012

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Time’s up. At midnight tonight, all political campaigning must cease in France ahead of the first round of voting in the presidential elections. By French law, campaigns always end at midnight the Friday before the election. The reasoning behind this is so that there is one day without campaign-related messages before voters go to the polls. […]

‘Mélenchon girl’ boosts leftist candidate’s campaign

April 13, 2012

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Hundreds of thousands of French voters were captivated by Victoria Passage this week, the pretty blonde who appeared in a YouTube video confessing her crush for French leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. (Read my previous post on the reasons why the clip became so popular in France). But days after the release of the video, […]

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Hollande teases banlieue voters with “Ni***s in Paris” video

April 11, 2012

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How do you reach out to the impoverished youth of Paris’ suburbs in order to gain their vote? By addressing them as “Niggas in Paris” and producing a flashy video, of course. At least, that’s what the people behind the campaign of Socialist candidate François Hollande seem to think. The video, which debuted yesterday, is titled […]

Best viral videos of the French presidential elections

April 11, 2012

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One of the best parts of presidential elections is the creativity of regular citizens who decide to produce clever videos that express voters’ feelings and attitudes towards the candidates using a good sense of humor. France is not the exception. Here is a list of some of the best viral videos of the French elections […]

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The “Activism with one click” approach of François Hollande’s web campaign (Part 1)

March 26, 2012

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(Note: This is part of a series that takes a close look at the web campaigns of the presidential candidates in France.) Socialist candidate François Hollande, who is currently leading the presidential race in the polls, demonstrates a strong presence on the web, thanks to his online team. In an interview to French magazine L’Express, Romain Pigenel, director […]

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The inside scoop on Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential web campaign (Part 1)

March 23, 2012

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(Note: This is part of a series that will look closely at the web campaigns of the the main presidential candidates in France.) French president Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting for his reelection not only on the campaign trail, but also on the web. The mastermind behind Sarkozy’s web campaign is Nicolas Princen, his advisor for New Media […]