Saturday, 8 November 2014

FN 2017

Rue du Vice Légat, rue Grivolas, Avignon 

As President François Hollande concludes the first half of his 5-year mandate, France's poor economic results make him the most unpopular president ever, with an approval rating of only 14%. In a shop I found a sweat shirt bearing a portrait of him with the words 'OUT !' sponsored by www.pasmonpresident.com (notmypresident.com). Apart from specific events such as party congresses, you rarely see anyone here wearing a t-shirt supporting a candidate, let alone one against one (just as a reminder, negative campaigning is forbidden in all official media in France, it's not part of our culture so this t-shirt is quite exceptional). I also found a chilling graffiti on a wall last week; FN 2017 refers to the hope that the Front National, the extreme right, nationalist, racist and anti-European party led by Ms. Marine Le Pen might win the next presidential elections in 2017. Can I say how concerned I am about the way politics are evolving in my country?

Alors que le président François Hollande arrive à mi-mandat, les résultats économiques très décevants font de lui le président le plus impopulaire que la France ait jamais connu avec seulement 14% d'opinions favorables. Dans un magasin de la rue Grivolas j'ai trouvé un sweat-shirt sans équivoque contre lui (date-t-il de la manif pour tous ?) et sur le mur extérieur de l'hôtel de l'Amirande rue du Vice Légat,  un tag FN 2017 m'a fait froid dans le dos. La politique va mal dans notre pays et ça m'inquiète.

9 comments:

William Kendall said...

Disturbing indeed, considering the history of that party.

We've got a federal election up here next year, and dumping the neo-con whackjobs in the government is pretty much going to be the order of the day.

Tilia said...

Obama aussi est en mauvaise posture, il a pourtant une autre envergure que notre capitaine de pédalo !
À mon avis, en 2017 la vague marine va faire de gros remous mais elle n'aura rien d'un tsunami. Par contre, tous les socialistes de base et leurs sympathisants vont être obligés de manger leur chapeau en votant pour Sarko :-(
Enfin, d'ici là l'eau va encore couler sous les ponts et une figure providentielle pourrait émerger. Espérons le !..

Jack said...

Hollande seems to have plummeted in the popularly polls very fast. It has taken President Obama six years to get to his current low approval ratings.

Thanks for your recent visits. Beret is pronounced BEH-ret. I had her spell it for me.

Kate said...

The color red certainly stands out in any photo. Elections and campaigns have given me a jaded feeling about politics.

Thérèse said...

Vive les bonnes surprises!

Chri said...
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Chri said...

Vrai que c'est inquiétant ce qui se prépare... Si ce sont des sympathisants FN qui ont salopé le mur, ils ont autant de respect que les autres tagueurs pour ce qui n'est pas à eux...

Bob Crowe said...

Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government ever invented, except for all the others. We are horrified at our own elections this week. (Our view of the Republican Party should not be set out in a public forum.) On the other hand, we do not live under Putin's thumb.

Peter Olson said...

The Winston Churchill quote by Bob is known, but it's a good one and worth repeating! :-) FN 2017 would mean that I would feel to ashamed of living in France. Where should I go?

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