All The More Reason


Evolution of French Elections
April 7, 2007, 3:37 pm
Filed under: French Presidential Elections

We’re roughly two weeks before the first round of the French elections. In France, there are two rounds of elections. In the first round, anyone that has the support of 500 official sponsors can run (there are a few other limitations). Only the top two make it to the second round to decide the president. The only exception would be if one candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round.

Hopefully this blog will get the chance to do some analysis of the final moves and shakes before the first and second rounds. It really is fascinating to see how much is at stake for both France and Europe for this election. The debates are going to heat up, that’s for sure!

I include here a link to a graph of the voting tendencies of the French for the last 40 years. For example, it’s very interesting to note how the communist parties used to win so many votes, and now it’s the extreme right which has taken this place.

J.S.

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