A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Félicitations aux camarades du PS

Congratulations to Labour's sister party in France, the PS, for gaining seats, completely against expectations, in yesterday's second round of the parliamentary elections, and wiping the smug smile of Sarko's face by ousting senior minister Alain Juppe from the National Assembly.

The PS and its allies won 185 seats, up from 149, whilst the centre-right UMP was down from 359 to 314. And Le Pen got precisely zero seats.

Full constituency results here: http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/elections/2007/circonscriptions/index.asp

UMP 314 (down from 359 in 2002)
Other right-wing parties 32 (up from 8)

Democratic Movement 3 (up from 0)

Socialists 185 (up from 149)

Communist party 15 (down from 21)

Green party 4 (up from 3)

Other left-wing parties 22 (up from 6)

Others 2

Total 577

I await a formal message of congratulations to the PS from the Labour Party. But I'm not holding my breath.


Blogger el Tom said...

Luke, I can't understand why they are like this. I mean, sure, political limitations exist on us here; so what? Why can't they support our brothers and sisters across the channel?

1:16 pm, June 18, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I await a formal message of congratulations to the PS from the Labour Party.

Blair certainly didn't have any problems congratulating Sarko - and in French - so I don't see what would prevent him from congratulating both sides in this elections.

5:10 pm, June 18, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's to congratulate? It's like telling Neil Kinnock in 1992 he did well because he gained seats.

7:40 pm, June 21, 2007


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