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How French politicians fill their time

By having two or more elected roles. Le Monde has a rather nifty graphic showing the breakdown of additional political roles for deputies and senators. It calculates that only 12% of deputies do not also act as mayors, regional, departmental, municipal councillors etc, while just over 20% of senators only sport one hat office wise.

To put this into perspective, the paper reckons that only 10 % of Bundestag members, 13% of UK MPs, and 15% and 16% of Spanish and Italian MPs only hold one elected office, and that the current 85% figure for the Fifth Republic can be contrasted with 42% for the Fourth Republic and 35.7% for the Third Republic.

Maybe it is all down to road and rail links now making it easier for deputies and senators to whizz between Paris and Clochemerle at speed than it was before.

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Anonymous nick drew said... 5:36 pm

Your MP and mine held a triple mandate (briefly), of course.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:41 pm

Indeed he did. I read the other day that he reckoned doubling up was pretty easy, but then again Croydon to Westminter isn't too much of a schlep.

I wonder if Corsican deputies and those from the DOM/TOMs try it on too?  



Blogger james higham said... 6:25 pm

These are indeed interesting stats. I'd like to know what the other small percentage do with their time. Mistresses?  



Anonymous nick drew said... 6:37 pm

JH, I'm saying nothing. Absolutely nothing.  



Anonymous Observer said... 8:32 am

I reckon it has more to do with the power of parties and the spoils system......the collapse of localism  



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