Trading Politics : France Presidential Election 2017

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Laugro1968
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:04 am

Corbyn in the UK and Le Pen in France! Isn't that the world on its head???:)

Laugro1968
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:31 pm

Can somebody explain what is happening with the "1st round vote percentage - Fillon" market?
It should be closed by now. Interior ministry official result is 20.01%. Total count is 7.213.797 votes out of a total of 36.058.813 (http://elections.interieur.gouv.fr/pres ... 17/FE.html). This is 20.00564% rounded up to 20.01%. Why is the market still open?

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ShaunWhite
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Mon May 08, 2017 3:32 am

Le Pen was never even close, I've always liked the our Euopean cousins, long tradition of phylosophical thinking.

A month ago I said "They're natural libertarians so they don't like the authoritarian right ...but also fiercely protective of their traditions, which are being wiped out by the left. ..... so in this one, who knows."

Kicking myself now as the conclusion wasn't 'who knows'... it was obviously 'centrist liberal'. :roll: Can't believe I missed that one.

Even with the added problems of being in mainland Europe they know the answer to hard times is to pull together.
"Blitz spirit" has lasted longer in their memory than ours.

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Naffman
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Mon May 08, 2017 8:55 am

The french have always been a weak bunch which we've seen reinforced over the past few weeks. When the EU collapses in the next few years the UK will be miles ahead of everybody else whereas France will have to start right at the bottom again. Get your popcorn ready guys :D

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LeTiss
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Mon May 08, 2017 9:07 am

I like France, it's a lovely country, and on the whole they are lovely people. Sadly though, they aren't a brave nation, they can't help it, it's in their DNA.

History is always written by the winners.......that explains all the blank pages in French history books

kerberus
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Mon May 08, 2017 9:50 am

LeTiss wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 9:07 am
, they aren't a brave nation
OK Napolean was a Corsican, but most of his Army was French. Given the right leadership, they can make a damn nuisance of themselves. And Le Big Mac only started his party a year ago.
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ShaunWhite
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Mon May 08, 2017 2:26 pm

LeTiss wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 9:07 am
Sadly though, they aren't a brave nation, they can't help it, it's in their DNA.

History is always written by the winners.......that explains all the blank pages in French history books
Ludacrous, the French Resistance is legendary, the suffereing of their army in the conflicts with Russia was remarkable, and the Foreign Legion are a match for any special forces.

Presumably you're refering to WW2. If we'd had a land border with Germany, we'd be speaking German now. The Channel and the Americans saved us, not any special bravery.

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