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Those lucky Parisians

The Parisians, ore more correctly the people of Ile-de-France have some 28 different party lists to choose from come the Euro elections, compared to the rather feeble 13 on offer in London.

Among those who can look forward to losing their deposits over yonder are 'Europe, démocratie, espéranto', 'Alliance royale' and 'Cannabis sans frontière'. The Alliance Royale is so penurious that they do not have voting slips at the polling stations (I'm not making this up) so one has to print out their list and have it validated at the polling station. A bit odd, that parties supply ballot papers, frankly. Anyway, it has some rather appropriate sounding candidates - Sylvie Prince, Olivier Leconte and Patricia Baroni. However, I doubt whether one Vanessa O'Donovan can claim centuries of French ancestors.

Special mention for the quite disgusting 'Liste antisioniste', led by comedian Dieudonné. I'm not making this up either, although I wish I was. Given that he hangs out with Shoah deniers, the 'it's only anti-Zionism not anti-Semitism' lie just doesn't wash.

I would vote - with a song in my heart and a spring in my step - for the magnificent Mlle Sabine Herold and her 'L’Europe, c’est vous' list. She is a classic liberal / Libertarian who means it. Interviewed in the Telegraph here. I suspect she is spitting in the wind, however.

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