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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Euthanasia campaign features French president Sarkozy on deathbed

March 8, 2012

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In a shocking pro-euthanasia campaign released on Wednesday, French president Nicolas Sarkozy is portrayed as a dying patient in a hospital bed in an effort to convince him to change his current stand against the legalization of euthanasia in France. The text above the disturbing image reads: “Mr. Candidate, Must we put you in such a […]

First look into the demographics of French voters

February 3, 2012

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First, the figures. More than 43.2 million French people are registered to vote, according to a report by the INSEE, the (French) National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. But what are French voters really like? As far as age, the majority of French voters are 50 years and older.  Only about a quarter are […]

Welcome to France Elects!

January 30, 2012

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There are less than 100 days left until the election of the president of the French Republic and the seat is still up for grabs. As of the writing of this post, Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party is leading the polls over current president Nicolas Sarkozy. But there are other candidates, Marine Le Pen of […]