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Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right

Written by ACM
Sunday, 11 June 2017
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*Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace PressRoom/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Record High popular Abstention, Never seen before in France's History, and a Dispersion of Voters among Many Different Political Parties, even several Small ones, Resulted in the UnExpected Consequence for Frontruner Macron's new Party to get Only a Tiny Minority of Registered Voters : just about ...13 % !


Confused by Dithyrambic Polls already Before this 1st Round of the Parliamentary Elections, almost all picturing Macron's "Walking Republic" as No 1, and by even More Dithyrambic Polls after this Election, picturing Macron as due to snatch more than 400 MPs, most People were pushed to Lose touch with Realities on the Ground...


But, when the Dust settled, behind all that Broo-ha-ha repeatedly mirrored and exagerated by Establishment's Medias, the Real Facts emerged through all those Smokescreens, Hard as Rocks, Steading up, in the middle of Gray Clouds... Like SleepWalkers, or Financial Geeks, who had Lost Sight of Real Economy, French People started to Realize what had really happened, and it was astonishing :


- An UnPrecedented Abstention, Sky-rocketed as High as More than 52,5% ("Blank/Void" included), i.e. a Big Absolute Majority of People Refused even to cast a Vote !


>>> And inside that 47,5% Minority which Voted, Only a Tiny Part of about ...13% among Registered Voters said that they wanted Macron's policies...


On the Contrary, a very Big, Giant Majority of ...87% among Registered Voters, Refused to Cast a Vote for Macron's policies, Prefering, Instead, either to Abstain, or to Vote for Anyone Else, amidst the 17 Different Political Parties which competed.


Indeed, by Far, the Biggest Part of those who Voted : About 34,5% of Registered Voters, expressed their Preference for various Other Candidates, (i.e. almost X 3 Times More People, than Macron's voters)...

 

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=> The Obvious Question, thus, Raised by Today's exceptionaly important, 1st Round of French Parliamentary Elections 2017, therefore, is the Following :


>>> How could Anyone seriously claim, in a Non-Autocratic State, i.e. in a Democracy, to really Govern for 5 Years, Decide and Impose really Important Measures, on "Hot" Controversial Issues, deeply Affecting People's Lives and Society at large, (as a French Government, which has to be Supported by the Parliament, that adopts also all Legislative Bills, Budgets, etc), based just on such a Tiny Minority of Only ...13 % of Registered Voters ?

This ..."Mission Impossible" Query, already, Started to be Raised from Tonight, immediately after the Poll Stations closed.


And, not only by the Right side of the Political spectrum, which Marks, however, all Together, about 18 % of Registered Voters, and some 37,5% of the Votes Casted. (i.e. much More than the Macronists, which Stay at Only 13% of Registered Voters, or 28% of Votes Casted).

Nowadays, the French Right might Also Attract several among the 4,3% of Votes Casted for "Ecologists", (as it already Started to be done Recently, f.ex. during the 12/2015 Regional Elections in Strasbourg's "Great East" New Region - See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/franceregionelelectionsrepublicanswithgreensorfnrightistsforstrasbourg.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyautonomousalternativewinsregions.html), particularly given Macron's Bad Record against Natural Environment, f.ex. with Foreign Mining Companies in Brittany Region, and/or even some among the "Various" Candidates : 2,5%, etc., Resulting in a potential "Block" of More than 41% of Votes Casted.


More Important : Obviously, it's usual Voters of the Right who formed the Bulk of that 52,5% Crowd of People who, Exceptionaly, Abstained Today, (given the Unexpected Results of the Presidentials), so that the Right has, still, to Benefit, much More from a possible Return Back to the Polling Stations by former Abstentionists, Next Sunday, with a Greater Participation.


- But, one of the Strongest Contests of Macron's "Legitimacy", came, this Evening, from his ... Left : The Suprizingly efficient in 2017, Melenchon of the "UnSubjugated" or "UnSubordinated" Party ("InSoumis", in French), a former Presidential Candidate, clearly Warned now Macron that he does Not have, in fact, enough Political Power to pass Sweeping Reforms against Workers' Rights or basic Individual Freedoms, and "Certainly Not any Legitimacy" to do so, (Contrary to what he notoriously Expects to do, already from this Summer, including, according to the Latest News, even on BioEthics)...


=> Melenchon's Party, who is Leading the "Left" on 2017, significantly launched a Call to Vote, on the 2nd Round, Only for its own Candidates (the "UnSubrugated"/"InSoumis"), those of the Small former "Communist Party", or those among the sharply Declining "Socialists" <<who have Signed a Petition against>> a controversial Law already Restricting some of Workers' Rights under former President Hollande, recently. But, Melenchon and his Party, clearly ... Ommitted to even mention here Macron's "Let's Walk !" (or "Let's Go On !" : "En Marche !", in French) Party.


This obviously Means that Macronists Risk to remain Alone, (much More Isolated than what his former "Socialist Party" used to be), withOut enough Support from Others to be Vainly Expected in the forthcoming, 2nd Round of French Legislative Elections...


Made also by a shaky "Magma" of last-minute Recycled, former "Socialists", (as f.ex. in Greece, since PASOK's Historic "Collapse", etc), added to a Few UnPopular Declining Centrists and 1 or 2 Opportunistic, former Staffers from the Center-Right, "Mixed" in an UnPrepared, makeshift "Patchwork", set up too Hastily, of various so-called "Civil Society", UnExperienced and Unknown Candidates, Macron's "Do it Yourself", "Ready Made" Party's Candidates have Nothing which might have made Voters' "Dream" of...

 

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On the Contrary, up to the Last Minute, at the Eve of this Election, various Converging, Factual "Revelations" were Growing about several alleged "Corruption" and/or Other Shocking Problems found among Many such "Macronist" Candidates, both in "Social Medias" and in Mainstream Press :

Such Issues go from Suspicions of Abusing Public Sector Jobs in order to get undue Financial Benefits for themselves or their Family and Pals, (even the f. Secretary General of "En Marche !" Party, Richard Ferrand, is notoriously mixed with such an Affair, generating, f.ex. a 580.000 €uros liquidity, etc., on which a Judicial "Enquiry" just Started, while anOther such Candidate is Prosecuted and brought to Court) ; various dishonest "Tricks" and/or Cover-ups, including, f.ex., gross Falsification of Diplomas, abused in order to get a Qualifying Training and/or Job, (for which, at least one Macron's Candidates has already bee found Guilty and Condemned by French Courts, etc), or the setting-up of "Smoke-Screen" Companies Abroad, f.ex. at USA's Delaware Federated State and/or other pittoresque Locations accross the World usualy Famous for "Tax Evasion" attempts ; a Long Series of alleged "Fake Work" Cases, spreading from several MEPs' EU "Parliamentary Assistants" Jobs, reportedly abused just in order to do various Other, UnRelated Tasks, often Far Away from EU Issues, or lavish Remunerations for "Reports" Never produced, many Family Members Hired for Years, (as in the case of former Main Opposition's Candidate, Fillon's wife, Penelope, mutatis-mutandis), etc.


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Thus, French People's massive DesIllusion, (that Today's Historic, Record-High mass Abstention, already reveals : Comp. Numbers cited Supra), might Also take some initialy UnExpected Forms :


In Addition to various, mainly Young People's spontaneous Public Demonstations, wich suddenly Erupted when Macron's Presidential "push" was confirmed, (some of which seem to have been, Recently, oppressed by abuse of DisProportionate Violence by some Police teams, as Denounced "Amnesty International" and others, nowadays),


 it's even a strong Regional Dimension, (with, at least potentialy, risky pro-Autonomy slipery slopes), which Emeges from the Latest Facts revealing Regionaly UnEqual Electoral Results :


- Already, all accross the area surrounding Strasbourg, HeadQuarters of PanEuropean CoE Council and EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, as well as EuroOmbudsman, EuroCorps, Shengen's Secretariat, etc., (i.e. at the "Lower Rhine" Department), the Right side of the Political Spectrum wins much More Votes than the Macronistes :


=> The Right already got here, (in "Bas-Rhin" Department, around Strasbourg), a Total of almost 23 % among Registered Voters, and around 50% of valid Votes.


Comparatively, the Macronistes didn't get but Only about 12 % among Registered Voters, and just 26% of valid Votes, (i.e. almost ...the Half !).


And, neither here, nor elsewhere, they canNot count on Any eventual "Transfert" of Votes from the Left (of Melenchon, etc), as we explained Supra.


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+ An even More pronounced Advance of the Right side of the Political spectrum, should, normaly, have become Today very Visible accross the much Wider Territory of the New Big Region of Strasbourg, named "Great East", (which Borders Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium), at the Heart of EU' EuroZone, taking into account Both its Recent Voting Record (f.ex. in the December 2015 Regional Elections and in the April/May 2017 Presidentials), as well as in this 1st Round of the 2017 Legislatives, as it results f.ex. from the relevant MAPs of Votes, published by Mainstream French Médias, (including "Figaro" Newspaper, etc) :


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Such an Exceptional persistence, among the Local People, of their Voting Habit for the Right, canNot be found, Today, in all Other Regions of France.

+ The Only, few Exceptions, concern, f.ex. anOther "Sensitive" Region : that of Corsica island, at the South-East, where the only Candidates who were Qualified to run also in the 2nd Round are : 1 from the Center-Right "Republicans", and 3 from the Regionalists-Autonomists Corsicans...

= Similarly, in Strasbourg's surrounding Area, that of "Bas-Rhin" Department, (Comp. Supra), the Regionalists/Autonomists of "Unser Land" ("Our Land", in the Regional Dialect of "Alsacian", close to German), Won More than 7 % of valid Votes, and at least one among their Leading Candidates was Qualified for the 2nd Round, (near Saverne city, Historic and Geographic Symbol of direct Links between the Rest of France and Alsace).


The Voting Results obtained Today by Alsacian Regionalists/Autonomists of "Unser Land", should, normaly, be Even Bigger at the Adjacent Area of "Haut-Rhin" Department, (Neighbouring both Germany and Switzerland), which, Together with "Nas-Rhin", used to Form the Historic Region of "Alsace", until December 2015, to which refers "Unser Land".


Those Regionalists (to which should be Added also certain other "Various Right" Candidates) openly Revendicate a Status similar to that of Neighbourng Germany's Federated States or "Länder", and Swiss Federation's "Cantons", or Italy's exceptional Region of "South Tyrol", etc.


They had Never Before obtained such a Growing Electoral Impact, (possibly Due also to their Call for some "Direct Democracy" tools, as, f.ex. Popular Referenda, like in Switzerland, etc), until nowadays' Macron's Minority Governing claims, (Comp. Supra and at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macronwithminorityfacesparliamentaryelection.html ).

++ Mutatis-mutandis, an, at least potentialy, more or less Similar or Equivalent Political Contradicion between Outer Regions and Paris' Central Governance, that Macronists currently Attempt to Monopolize, can  be observed, Today, also at Reunion and Mayotte Islands, Won now by the Right, (etc).


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Concerning Strasbourg City itself, (a former ..."Socialist Island", surrounded by an "Ocean of the Right", Except during 2007 and 2009 Nicolas Sarkozy's brillant Wins in Both the National and European Elections), on the Contrary, Macronists are Now trying to Seize almost All the Town, even if, in Fact, they don't represent yet but Only a Minority of 17% of Registered Voters...

Paradoxically, the, nowadays, No 2 Political Movement in Strasbourg City, which has Recently become that of MEP Melenchon's "UnSubjugated" New Party (New Left), already since the Presidential Elections of April/May 2017, was Totaly Excluded, at the Last Minute, even from the slightest Representation, in All 3 Constitencies of the City, from the 2nd Round of the Legislative Elections, Next Sunday !

The Biggest Fight, (also in order to Exclude all the Right side of the Political spectrum, even the Main Opposition Party of Christian-Democrats/EPP's Center-Right "Republicans"), was given at the Center of Down-Town Strasbourg City, in its 1st Constituency :

 There, in an UnPrecedented situation of the 3 (Three !) biggest Candidates Opposed to Macron, getting All around 13% of valid Votes each (sic !), After Exceptionaly Delaying the anouncement of Final Results for a Long Period of Time, during which, even ...Contradictory "News" had circulated, (including among Mainstream, Public Sector Medias), about the "Socialist" Candidate having been alledadly Eliminated from the 2nd Round, and while Strasbourg's current "Socialist" Mayor was making an Unusualy Long and Direct Intervention at Local mainstream Medias for these Elections to the National Parliament in Paris, Finaly, it was announced that Both Melenchon's "UnSubjugated" Candidate from the New Left, (an estimated Scientific Research Senior Official on Physics, Dr. Brohm), and Main Opposition Party's "Republican" (Center-Right) Young Rising Star, Elsa Schalk, also vice-President of the New "Great East" Region and Municipal Counselor, were All Excluded, to the Benefice of the "Socialist" Candidate, a former Parliamentary Assistant, Elkouby, only for a Tiny alleged Difference of just a Few Dozens of Votes !

 

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Elsa, a French Lawyer born here in Alsace and Cooperating frequently with Neighbouring Germany, the Youngest Big Candidate, wishing to ReNew the Political Life (also thanks to some Interesting Ideas about regurlarly Consuling the People before Deciding on Legislative Bills, etc),  might have Hoped, however, to Attract around her a Potential of about 32% among the valid Votes, and possibly Add a "Push" from the Numerous former Abstentionists, in the forthcoming 2nd Round of the Legislatives, in order to eventualy Win against an unknown Macronist, agent of a "Big Pharma" Foreign MultiNational Headquartered in Texas (USA).

That incident Also Excluded France's Main Opposition Party, that of "Republicans" (Center-Right), practicaly from All mainly Urban Constituencies of Strasbourg, since, After Elsa's UnExpected Exclusion at the 1st of them, there was Nothing Left for the "Republicans", Neither in the City's 2nd Constituency, where their Former Representative, (who Now intervened as "Independent", having been "Suspended" from the "Republicans", while also, Traditionaly Keeping some Controversial and UnPopular Positions on Issues, Opposed to his former Party, f.ex. about Turkey's EU Bid Claims, etc), was Droped by the People themselves, getting Only 10% of valid Votes.


It's Only a former ...Sarkozyst, the current Secretary General of the "Republicans" in the "Bas-Rhin" Department, (where the Right got a Majority : Comp. Supra), who Succeeded to be Qualified for the 2nd Round of the Legislative Elections in Strasbourg : the  combative Georges Schuler, a Teacher, and popular Mayor of Reichstet Village. Schuller seems to have a Protential to Attract about 33% among various Converging valid Votes around him, and Count on a Big "Push" by former Abstentionists in the 2nd Round, in order to Hope Win against a Macronist who got 39% Today. But that's just in the 3rd Constituency, which doesn't realy include, but Only a Part of Strasbourg City itself, the Rest being composed by several Villages, in the surrounding area.


On the Contrary, the "Socialist" Candidate there, Serge Oehler, was Crushed, Droping Down to Only 6% of valid Votes, (2,8% of Registered Voters !), just After having let the Turkish Government practicaly "Buy a Part of Strasbourg's City", in order to Establish ... "Imams' Schools", as a Local French Weekly Newspaper has Denounced, but also allowed a brand New Mosque to be Build and Funded by anOther Controversial Foreign Government : Qatar, which has just been notoriously Denounced, even by Arab Countries as Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrein, followed by Jordany, etc., as well as by New USA President Don Trump himself, to "Fund, at the Highest Level, Islamic Radicalism" propaganda, and even Islamist "Terrorism" !

Such moves, obviously Risking to Transform anOther Strasbourg City's Suburb in a new "Molenbeek"-on-Rhein, (from the Name of that Brussels' Islamized Suburb, notorious for having bred Many Islamist Terrorist Killing People in Belgium and in Paris, etc), were committed Earlier by Oehler, at anOther Side of the City, that he was, until Recently, Reprsenting in Strasbourg's "Socialist" Municipality, But from which he Now Left, apparently Attempting to ...Escape at the Opposite Side of the City and near some Outer Villages, perhaps believing, in vain, that Nobody would Know there his recent Record in his Former Constituency, where he, naturaly, would Not Stand to live among such a Suddenly, Heavily and Dangerously "Islamized" Context, that he had Served himself to Artificicialy Provoke, (Sadly Wasting a Good Socio-Political Heritage that had Left his Father, John Oehler, a former Leading Political Figure of the Socialist Party in Strasbourg in the Past).

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Thus, it's Only an Atypical "Socialist" Candidate who might have a Chance at the 2nd Round in downtown Strasbourg, (after Narowly evicting a Melenchon Party's Candidate in the 2nd Constituency of the City) : "Political Science"-educated Philippe Bies, a CoE's MEP and Rapporteur on Climate Change and Refugees, Experienced on Urban Planning and particularly on Housing, who has also shown an Interest in Democratic Dialogue with Citizens, known to be personaly close to former EU Minister, JHA Minister, and Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. He might Hope to Gather, around him, a Potential of almost 33% among valid Votes of the 1st Round, Adding possibly several Former Abstentionists in the forthcoming 2nd Round, in order to Bypass a Macaronist who got there just 35% of valid Votes in the 1st Round, but withOut any obvious "Reserves" for Next Sunday.


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At any case, as far as it concerns all France, Nation-Wide, both Technicaly, and Theoreticaly, Many Possibilities Remain still "Open" for the Crucial and Final, 2nd Round of those "Bumpy" French Legislative Elections, Next Week, on the 18th of June :


Indeed, until Now, it's ...Only 10 MPs who have been already Elected, while it still Remain a Huge Number of ...567 (Five Hundred Sixty Seven) MPs to Elect on the 2nd Round, Next Sunday !


 - And, given the current, "exceptional", political Context, "we do Not yet Know how the Transfert of Votes" (from the Various and Numerous 1s Round Candidates, to the 2 remaining Candidates Qualified for the Second Round) "will work now", Observed an Experienced Senior French Official, speaking to "Eurofora"...


=> So that, manifold "Surprises" are Not Excluded at all, during the Next Few Days.


Particularly if the French People succeed to Really Wake Up from those Grey Clouds of Establishment Medias "SleepWalking" (Comp. Supra), and Start Looking at the Real Facts !

 

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