Lower the turnout, bigger the surprise

The ‘voting turnout’ variable This concept, if you are American or British, you have experienced it in your own country. Why? The referendum on Brexit and the election of Donald Trump are the two most iconic examples of this phenomenon. The concept is very easy to understand. The fewer people will go and vote, the …

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Mélenchon for the surprise ?

Three weeks ago, we were writing about the real “wave” Jean-Luc Mélenchon was creating behind him. Today for the first time, a poll suggests he could finish third of this election, just in front of François Fillon.   Would lose in the runoffs, except against Marine Le Pen Today’s polls suggest Mélenchon has a one-point …

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First big meeting for Hamon: his gamble has paid off

The socialist candidate organised his biggest meeting today in Paris and delivered a strong performance. 20 000, that is, according to his campaign team, the number of people who attended Benoit Hamon’s biggest meeting in Paris on Sunday. Outside the normal explanation of the main guidelines that entails his programme, the Socialist candidate has adopted …

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Marine Le Pen as the first female president of France: real progress for Women?

Polls make Marine Le Pen, the Front National leader closer than ever to replace President Hollande at the Elysée. Could this be a sign of progress for women across the country? Let’s imagine it’s the  7th of May 2017, and for the first time ever, a French woman has won the presidential election and is now …

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In Marseille, Hamon tries to exist

Benoit Hamon, the Socialist candidate, was in South of France to hold a meeting on Tuesday night in front of 2500 persons. In the difficulty to find some coverage with the different extra-political affairs that are concerning French politics at the moment, Hamon had tonight a new opportunity to show the electorate that he holds …

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