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The French update

Le Journal du Dimanche has very thoughtfully polled French farmers on voting intentions, and since Libé in reporting that has included a graphic, I'm going to use it:


In a not hugely unexpected result, Sarko and Bayrou fare best with the fillers of formstilllers of the soil, but the extreme left must be enormously disappointed that the coalition of workers and peasants is missing a leg - 3% for the Trots and the Tankies compared to 8.5% among the wider population.

Elsewhere, Sego is sticking with la force de frappe - no nuclear disarmament yonder, and Chirac has attended his 30th successive Salon international de l'agriculture. He must really like charolais bulls, or more likely really likes the votes of their owners. I suppose it is a bit like the ritual homage that Labour politicians used to pay to the miners. Somehow I cannot see Broon being very comfortable mooching around Stoneleigh Park in green wellies and a tweed jacket making nice with the friesans and the hoodens.

Meanwhile, if the Gauls decide they want a crowned head instead of a grubby civilian president, step forward 'Balthazar Napolean de Bourbon, a jovial Indian lawyer and part-time farmer settled in Bhopal', a newly discovered Bourbon dynast. Can't see Prince Henri Philippe Pierre Marie d'Orléans, Comte de Paris, Duc de France, one of the other pretenders being very keen, then again he was disinherited, so to speak, by his father for marrying 'a commoner'.

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Blogger james higham said... 12:25 pm

As a fellow French watcher, it seems clearer and clearer that it would take a major disaster for Sarky not to get in.  



Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 2:43 pm

I'm slightly surprised Sego's popularity is so much lower among farmers than the general population.

I thought they were traditionally quite pro-socialist. Am I missing something, or simply wrong?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:05 pm

James - yup, that's what I think. The odds are too skinny to be worth putting much money down now, but I am prepared to bet the farm that Sego will get slaughtered come the election.

Mr E - Nice to see you here. Rural Gauls tend to be very socially conservative, and much like Major Major's father in Catch 22 '[hold] that federal aid to anyone but farmers [is] creeping socialism'.  



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