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Trots, Greens and Communists for the Third Empire

La Voix du Nord has, very kindly, grilled Walloons and Gauls as to the future of Belgium and if it were to break up whether it should enter the warm embrace of Paris.

The Gauls are keener than their trans-Meuse neighbours - 60% fancy adding a few départements (let's face it, they are not going to rename it La République Française-Wallon, are they?) to the 49% of Walloons who are supportive.

However, as the headline implies, it is the breakdown of figures that is the most interesting - 25-34 year olds are the keenest age group, top end white collar workers the keenest socio-economic group (66%), Greens (67%) and the rest of the extreme left (66%) the most enthused voters.

Less keen are Parisians (57%), Bayrou's liberals (56%) and 50-64 year olds (57%). Women lead men at 62% to 59% pro.

As for the Walloons themselves, it is the people of Hainaut (56%) and Namur (57%) who are the keenest (dark blue), Liege (42%) is unsure (mid blue) and Brabant-Wallon (40%) and Luxembourg (40%) the least enthusiastic. Perhaps some of the Liegeois/e grilled are actually German speakers and would like the historic wrong of the Eupen and the Ost-Kantone landgrab rectified.


Not entirely sure what one should conclude about France's neighbouring provinces being the keenest, although perhaps the legendary French rudeness seems like the last word in politeness after living among Belgians.

As to the attitudes of the French, the FN vote is not broken out, but is presumably captured as part of the overall Right. On that basis, it is intriguing that the nationalists are the least given to irridentist dreams, while the far left is. Perhaps the Greens fancy shutting down a few factories while the Trots and Communists think that this could be the French equivalent of Lenin trying to export the Red Terror to Poland and the West.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 1:36 pm

Why would they need to "join up" with anyone? Could the French bits just be the French bits and the Flemish bits be the Flemish bits?  



Anonymous D. Millipede said... 10:09 am

The French rude? What about Croydon, matey?

Interesting post autrement, j'ai souvent wondered ou est Hainault (pronanced N.O., je presume).

Pouvez-vous give us a comment sur le betting pour remplacer le PM, vu que les libraries have made les bookies verboten sur le Web? Ou sont les femmes? Qui est le candidat des gays (Alain Johnson?)  



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