French elections night

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Aimilia Ioannidis lives and works in Paris for the last ten years. Here are some of her observations regarding yesterday’s French elections, as written at the time when the final results were yet to come:

  1. Yes, I protected myself from reading ‘chemtrails’ in the form of words, as much as possible.
  2. No, Le Pen is not in the lead. There is no record from large cities in the Ministry’s results yet, and especially from Paris, where she usually hits rock bottom. Hold your horses, “left wing” Le Pen fans.
  3. Macron stated he expresses “patriots against the danger of nationalists”, “Europe that protects”, “strong social state with quality health and education services, as well as full coverage for the unemployed”, “full working rights”, “solidarity” and “social justice”; obviously trying to gather votes from everywhere and beat Le Pen’s rhetoric. He also stated he will crush terrorism (within the same context of not appearing milder than Le Pen on this subject). He also said he wants to reform Europe, so that it becomes the Europe dreamt by its peoples (again within the same context of trying to beat Le Pen’s rhetoric). He has realised he cannot promote, at least not bluntly and not now, extreme neoliberal positions.
  4. The most neoliberal positions expressed during these elections were Fillion’s positions by far. Maybe that was not coincidental.
  5. Objectively, Mélenchon’s effort was impressively successful. He didn’t make it to the 2nd round by a narrow margin, which hasn’t happened before.
  6. There are still helicopters and sirens outside.
  7. Next stop: May 7th. Next stop after that: June 11th. Final stop: June 18th. Most important are the parliamentary elections in June now, since none of the two presidential candidates can find support exclusively in his/her own powers, and the French system is parliamentary and not presidential.
  8. It’s certain that al-Baghdadi and his crazy gang are foaming inside their tent/bunker/whatever, throwing darts at a map of Paris.
  9. No, the French did not “vote for the far right”. 80% of the people in the country rejected it. Spare me with the bundling of people and the inconceivable and deforming generalisations.

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