Forwarded from Anthony (France)
lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 24 17:00:07 MDT 2002
A question and a comment about France.
1. Who is Chevènement? and what does this person represent in French
2. Although the French elections are being talked about as an
earthquake - and they may have been - the big change (other than the
large increase in abstentionism) seems to have been a shift within
the left, rather than a big shift to the right.
Looking at the figures in the CWI article posted by Xxxx Xxxxxx, I
come up with the following shifts
In 1997 the combined vote of the CP, SP, and Trotskyists was about
11,500,000, roughly 37% of the vote.
In 2002 the combined vote of the CP,SP, Trotksyists and Greens was
about 10,000,000 - roughly 38% of thetotal vote.
In other words there was a big shift from the SP and CP to the
Trotskyists and Greens, while the 'left' (very broadly defined),
actually increased its percentage vote slightly.
The shift within the right was actually much smaller than the shift
within the left. Le Pen increased his percentage vote by less than
2%, while chirac lost only 1% of his percentage total.
Turnout 29,498,009 71.60% 31,369,029 78.37%
Chirac 5,666,440 19.88% 6,351,672 20.84%
Le Pen 4,805,307 16.86% 4,573,202 15.00%
Jospin 4,610,749 16.18% 7,101,992 23.30%
'Trotskyists' 2,973,640 10.44% 1,616,546 5.30%
Chevènement 1,518,901 5.33% - -
Greens 1,495,901 5.25% 1,011,373 3.32%
Hue (PCF) 960,757 3.37% 2,634,187 8.64%
Blank/Spoilt 995,554 888,818
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 04/24/2002
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