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Sarkozy Alternative Wins Strasbourg+Other Big French Regions, but Right's Division woos ailing PSoc.

Written by ACM
Sunday, 13 December 2015
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Nicolas Sarkozy' Strategy to build a Crystal-clear new "Autonomous Political Alternative" to a declining Socialist rule, marked a Surprisingly Strong Win at the Decisive 2nd Round of France's Elections, with a Gain of 7 Regions out of 12, particularly some among the Biggest, such as Strasbourg's ACAL, Rhone-Alpes-Auvergne (around Lyon), Ile-de-France (around Paris), etc. But a persisting Division of the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, (who, Oherwise, had a Strong Majority of Voters Everywhere, in All Regions, except only 1 : Bretagne), was Grossly Exploited by the Socialists, (who Snatched 4 More Regions, despite being a net Minority there)...


In the Last Nation-wide Election to serve also as a real-size "Test", at the End of 2015, for the Crucial Forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections of May 2017, in just a little-bit more than 1 Year Time, Socialists were Obliged to make some Manouvres :


- They attempted to practicaly Hide the Fact that they were Crashed at the 1st Round, particularly at the North (around Lille cty) and South-East (around Marseille city), by Withdrawing their 2 Looser Lists from a 2nd Round, where they obviously Risked even Worse, and Calling to Block "National Front"s Rightists, who had come First there, as well as Elsewhere. However, they also systematicaly Focused on Trying to Silently but Grossly Exploit the Divisions of the Right almost Everywhere Else : Even in Strasbourg's Greater North-Eastern Region ACAL, where "FN"s Rightists had arrived initialy 1st, leaving Sarkozy's Center-Right "Repubican Party" to Fight  Alone at 2 Differend Fronts at the Same Time, since the Socalist List was maintained also at this 2nd Round, despite some Verbal Calls of PS Apparatchiks to withdraw. As well as at the Center, around Orleans city, and at the South around Toulouse city, (etc).


But this Socialist Attempt was Defeated, First of all, here, in Strasbourg's New Greater-East Region of ACAL, where Sarkozy's Center-Right Party of the "Republicans", Headed by the Experienced former Minister and out-going President of Alsace region, Philippe Richert, Unexpectedly Succeeded not just to Win, by coming  this time 1st, but also to Attract a very Big Number of Votes, Jumping from Less than 26 % at  the 1st Round, up to More than 48 % at this 2nd Round, i.e Adding More than + 20,4% of the Votes Today, on the Top of what he already had before !


How did this Surprising, Big Leap Forward, (that Most Polls had Not even Foreseen), Become Possible ?

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First of all, it's a Specific Fact for Strasbourg's New Greater East Region ACAL, that The Only Political Party which had Withdrawn its List at the 2nd Round and Clearly Asked to Vote for Richert/Sarkozy's "Republican" Party's List, was, for the 1st Time in History in France, that of the "Greens", (with 6,7 % of Votes at the 1st Round), as its Regional Leader, former MEP Sandrine Belier, had already Foreseen since Last Sunday, speaking also with "EuroFora" and other Journalists in Strasbourg, (See : ...).

This Unprecedented Move in France, is Timely and Symbolicaly Important also for the Nearby German Fedetated State of Baden Wurtemberg, where Elections are due on March 2016, as well as for the Run-up to the Crucial Forthcoming Nationwide Elections at the Bundestag, scheduled for 2017, where an Eventual ChristianDemocrat/"Greens" Alliance has been already Discussed here, (and particularly via "EuroFora"), as a Real Possibility for the Future, focused mainly on BioEthical Values and New Energy Technologies, Respecting Human and Enviromental Nature, (Comp., f.ex. : ......)


+ Another Source of Additional Votes certainly was an (Unprecedented for a Regional Election) General Augmentation of Popular Participation, which Reached + 12,5 % More in Strasbourg's Region, (i.e. a Total of almost 60%), Compared to slightly Less than 10 % More Nationwide. But, here, even FN's Rightists Benefit from about +2% coming from Former Abstentionists... So that, most Probably, the Remaining Difference should have originated from Various Small Parties of the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, whose Leaders had Not Called to Vote Richert, but at least a Part of their Voters was Naturaly Attracted on the 2nd Round by the Mainstream Center-Right Party of Sarkozy's "Republicans", (such as, f. ex., from the 5%, at the 1st Round, of the Regionalists of "Unserem Land", and/or from another 5% of the "Wake Up France !" of Dupond-Aignan's Gaullists, from the 1,23% of UPR's Neo-Gaullists, etc).


On the Contrary, almost Nothing comes here from the Socialists and/or the FN Rightists, since their Lists Remain mostly Stable, without any Notable Change between the 1st and the 2nd Round : Always about 16% for the Socialist Candidate Masseret, and 36% for the FN's Rigtists' vice-President Philippot.


 - "Republican" Party's Regional Leader Philippe Richert's lead Sky-rocketed at Nearby Mulhouse City, Bordering both Switzerland and Germany, with an Exceptionaly Big Result of More than ..56 %, probably thanks also to the Strong Personality of its Mayor, Jean Rottner, and Top Candidate of the Regional Center-Right List at the High-Rhine Department, a Sarkozy Advisor who had become Recently Famous for Accepting a Popular intiative Referendum to Prevent the Imposal of another yet islamic Mosque in the Middle of French People's Family Homes, (part of those Provocations which Push even Innocent People towards "FN"'s Rightists, to judge by Many Citizens' Reactions to Marie Le Pen's Public Meetings, also around Strasbourg). Rottner is also the Only Politician ever seen by "Eurofora", who, in the Middle of an Interview, took the Initiative to Transform his usual Photograph into a ... "Selfie" Together with "EuroFora", surprized, but Exceptionaly accepting the challenge... That 56 % Record High result is also obtained, near Mulhouse, at Saint-Louis City, which is located Close to the Euro-Airport and is Traditionaly Full of Trans-Border Workers occupied in Geneva.

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But, naturally, President Richert's Best Result stands at the "European" City of Strasbourg, his own Personal Basis, (Aided by Young Elsa Schalk as No 2 of his List, a Strong Supporter of the Unity of the Right), where he Exceptionaly gets a ...Pharaonic, Never Seen Before, 67 % of the Votes !


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 + AnOther Interesting Victory for Sarkozy's Center-Right "Republicans" Autonomous Alternative Strategy in a "Triangular" Fight between Socialists and FN Rigtists was that of Young Former Science Minister Alain Wauquiez (Secretary General of the Party) at the Central-Eastern Big New Region of Rhone-Alpes-Auvergne (with Capital Lyon City), which Extends from the Alpes' Mountaints until a Formerly Volcanic area, crossed by the Rhone River :  If Wauquiez Succeeded, already from the 1st Round, to come 1st, with almost 32% against 25% to FN's Rightists and 23% to the Socialists, it's obviously Because of his Well Known Political Personality and Strong Stance on Main Topical Issues about Values of Current Popular Interest, from Cultural and Historic Identity, and Social Issues, up to BioEthics, etc, and a Strong Criticism of the Socialists..


With a Crystal-Clear Majority of 41% against 37% for the Socialist list and 23% for the FN's Rightists, also at the 2nd Round, Sarkozy-Faithful Alain Wauquiez, (who is, perhaps, the Only one in France to have Succeeded to Attract even an FN Rightist Local Politician who launched a Public Call to Vote for him at this Decisive Round...), Confirms the Strength and Resilience of a well-conducted Strategy for an Autonomous Cente-Right, which doesn't owe Nothing to the Socialists, But Wins Popular Support, even in Difficult Circumstances, just by its own Crystal-Clear Values.


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++ A Similar, mutatis-mutandis, "Republican" Win, is also the Unexpected, Hard-Fought Victory of Valerie Pecresse (a Lady with a real Fighting Spirit, as "EuroFora" has Personaly Witnessed at some Exceptionaly "Hard" Moments in the Past), at Paris' Region "Ile-de-France", with 44 % against 42 %, against a Socialist Heavy Weight, that of French National Assembly's President, Claude Bartolone, (who decided to Resign from his Top Job, immediately after Failing in his Regional bid).
Her Victory, (despite even of another "Triangular" Competition by the persistance of an "FN" Rightist's List, there too),  is the 1st one for the Center-Right at that Greater Paris' Region, in the Last 20 Years, during which it Used to be Chaired always by a Socialist.


Both Pecresse (at Paris' Region) and Wauquiez (at Alpes' Region), have an Interesting Experience as Former Press Spokespersons, during Sarkozy's previous 2007 Victorious Presidential bid, as well as by having Served as former Ministers for Science, Research and Universities, later-on, inter alia.


+ Even more Interestingly, those above-mentioned 3 Key Regions, Brillantly Won Today by Sarkozy's "Republicans", located around Strasbourg, Paris, and Lyon Cities, are also Exceptionaly Important Basis for European/International Institutions, such as the CoE, ECHR, EU Parliament's Full-Week Plenaries, EU-Ombudsman, Shenghen System and EUROCORPS' Army, for the 1st, UNESCO, OECD, etc. for the 2nd, and EUROPOL as well as UNO's European Headquarters at Nearby Geneva, for the 3rd.


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    For the Rest, Experienced (former Minister, Center-Rigt Party's Secretary General, and Victorious Head of its List for MEPs at EU Parliament's Elections back on 2009), Xavier Bertrand's Win against FN Rightists' Head, MEP Marine Le Pen, at the Northern Pas de Calais Region, and of another former Minister and currently Long-Time Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi's similar Win against the FN Rightists', widely Popular MP Marion Marechal-Le Pen, at the South-Eastern PACA Region of Marseille, wereN't real Surprises at the 2nd Round, since those Heads of Sarkozy's Center-Right "Republican" Party's Lists had Both succeeded, one Week Earlier, at the 1st Round, to Crash the Socialists' List in these Regions, so that their National Leadership prefered to Withdraw them at the 2nd Round, Officialy in order to, at least, Help Block the FN Rightists, who had Scored their Highest Results there, with almost 42 % of the Votes Each, at the 1st Round, (but, in fact, obviously also in order to Avoid an Inevitable even Harder Failure of the Socialist Lists at the 2nd Round).


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    with the Unique Exception of Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, at the Bretagne Region, (with Capital Rennes City), an Atypical Socialist, with a Characteristic Personality, who Campaigned under his own Name there, and is the Only Supporter of the current Government to Brillantly Win with an Uncontested 51 % Majority Today,


    almost All the Other Socialist Lists which Snatched 4 More Regions Elsewhere, didn't manage to do so, but Just Because they Grossly Exploited a Desastrours, Long-Time Division of the Right, between Nicolas Sarkozy's Center-Right's "Republicans" and Marine Le Pen's "National Front" Rightists, who, IF Taken Together, had been given an almost ... Two-Thirds (2/3) Qualified Majority by French People's Votes !


    >>> One among the Most Crystal-Clear Examples, of this Scandalous and obviously Dangerous for Democracy Fact, is the "Central" Region, with Capital City Orleans, where the Socialist Candidate,


despite having Failed at the 1st Round, where he came Only Third, Behind the "FN"'s Rightists and the Center-Rights' "Republicans",


insisted to Maintain his List at the 2nd Round, (i.e. Provoking an obvious Risk for the "FN" Rightists to Win Definitively at Today's Final Vote, since they already had come 1st there, at the Previous Round),


and went on to Snatch, at the Last Minute, that Region from Both Candidates from the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, with Only a Tiny Difference of just... 0,8%, between his Score at this 2nd Round, and that of his Main Competitor, the Center-Right's "Republican" Candidate, who got Each, around 35,40% against 34,60% of the Votes, (i.e. almost The Same !), with the Center-Right having, However, a Supplementary Political Reserve of More than 30% of the Votes at his Rightist side !


    + A Similar Scenario also at the Neighbouring, Central-Eastern "Bourgogne" Region, (with Dijon City as capital), where an Initialy 3rd, Failed Socialist Candidate of the 1st Round,


persists to Maintain her List even at the 2nd Round, Despite an obvious Risk to Provoke the Win of "FN"'s Rightists who had Succeeded to arrive at the Top in the 1st Round,


and, Finaly, Snatches the Top Job at Today's Final Vote with Only 34,5%, against 33% and 32,5% (i.e. 65,5% in all) to her Competitors from the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, (i.e., the Center-Right's "Republicans" and the "FN"'s Rightists, respectively)...

 

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    +++ In Fact, it's in All those 4 Regions snatched Finaly by the Socialists, (with Only 1 Exception, that of the 5th : Bretagne : Comp. Supra), that "SP" practicaly Usurpated the Presidencies, in some quite Large Parts of France, Only with a ...Minority of about 30% of the Votes, at Today's 2nd Round, against an Almost Two Thirds (2/3) Majority of the French People's Votes given at the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, with something Totaling between + 55 - 65 % !


    => Such repeated Results, obviously are blatantly Scandalous, seriously Opposed to basic Democratic Principles, and Risk to Become soon also Socio-Politicaly very Dangerous. It's an Unprecedented Situation in History, a Vicious Deviation from- and a Betrayal of- the Basic Logic of the French Institutions of the Vth Republic, Founded by De Gaule (1958 - 2015), who, on the Contrary, aimed to Push initialy Opposed Factions, to make a Synthesis and Unite to Form a Majority at the 2nd Round. The Opposite, i.e. Watch a Whole People Repeatedly Vote in a Qualified Majority of Two Thirds (2/3) for the Right Side of the Political Spetrum, but, on the Contrary, Oblige them to be Governed, again and again, by a Minority of the Left, is Inconceivable, and Never seen Before, Not even in a former Banan-Republic of a Latin America of the Past...

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    As far as the "FN"'s Rightists are concerned, Sarkozy stresed that We should Never Forget the "Warnings" given by the Citizens at the 1st Round, (i.e. when the FN was Leading, at the 1st Rank, in Many Regions), and that an adequate Solution should be Found to the Problems that all those People Felt, while Prime Minister Valls, (a Socialist), added also that a Similar Risk Continues still to Exist, even for the foreseable Future. At any case, the FN, even if it was finaly Striped from any Region's Presidency, nevertheless, it would have, according to its President Marine Le Pen, "Tripled" now the Number of its Elected Representatives throughout all French Regional Councils.

 

+ Meanwhile, significantly, Sarkozy placed Today "Europe" as the No 1 in the List of Priority Issues, (Together with Economic Policy and Unemployment, Security, Identity and Education, etc), which will have to be seriously Debated, during the next few Months, in or order to Build Further an Efficient, Popular and Credible, Autonomous Political Alternative Program for the Challenges ahead and Crucial Electoral Rendez-Vous with the People in the foreseable Future.


    But, concerning all the Country, and the Whole Community of French People, a Solution has obviously to be soon Found,  - either Inspired, somehow, from what has already Happened Recently, f.ex. in Norway, Switzerland and/or Denmark, and Earlier even at the Netherlands, Austria, etc., or Otherwise, - on How to Overcome, at last, that pernicious, systematic and Deep, Absolute Division of the Right side of the Political Spectrum, (which notoriously exists since the Past Era of former Socialist President Mitterand, Back on the 1980ies), in order to Re-Establish, in one way or another, a Normal Political Democratic System, which really allows the Elementary Freedom to Form various Political Majorities, in order to Ensure a Real and Necessary, Healthy, Democratic Alternance, But Avoid for a Qualified Absolute Majority of Two Thirds (2/3) of the People Voting at One Side of the Political Spectrum, to be, again and again, Repeatedly Governed by a Minority of Only 1 Third (1/3), from the Other Side...


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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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