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  • RE: Cette semaine en politique - Politics Across the Francophone Countries

    October 27, 2019 - 2019 Gaulois general election special

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    Poirier: Hello I am Agnes Poirier chairing this episode of Cette semaine en politique, your guide to politics across the Francophone countries. We have a snap general election special for you as Prime Minister Elisabeth Baschet went to Queen Margrethe to ask for a general election about seven months ahead of schedule. Who will make it to the Hotel Matignon and lead the Kingdom? Here with us are a panel of Gaulois experts: Francois Picard, Marie d'Artest and Green Party Deputy from Escolives-Est Yves Cochet. Welcome everyone!

    Guests: Welcome

    Poirier: Okay, first question did we get here? How did Gallorum get a general election in November?

    Picard: Well, the Prime Minister (Elisabeth Baschet), went to the Queen to ask for an early election partly because Fillon had been messing up in the polls and partly because the Government has run out of an agenda in a way. She's got a strong economic message but socially, the Government has not changed that much from the last election. But that has caused people to appreciate the Travailliste Government as they have not governed in the radical social democratic manner that many thought they would with their election in 2016. Among supporters, Baschet could be seen as a slight disappointment and many seem to nickname her Elisabeth Macron as she has governed much more to the centre economically and socially as the Liberal Party leader Emmanuel Macron suggested he would.

    Poirier: Okay, so not a 100% gain for Baschet really. She had to really weigh the options.

    Picard: Yes, Ms. Baschet had to really stop and look around at the party support and the political landscape and while a 40-32 lead in the polls most of the time indicates a high chance of forming government, the MMP system is quite funny in the sense that anything less than an 8-10% lead in the polls could suggest a minority government or the need to build coalitions and the latest polling as shown that the PSDT are on 38%, the Gallons are on 33%, the Liberals on 17%, the Verts on 7%, and the Nationalists on 5%. That means Baschet could squeak out a majority if everything goes exactly how she wants and she gains those percentages in places she isn't already popular. If she ends up scoring less of the constituency votes then she'll have to look elsewhere.

    Poirier: Now, I'm from Icholasen so forgive me if I ask a very basic question, getting us away from the numbers here but...who are the major parties and what are they like? Marie, jump in here!

    d'Artest: The incumbent of the major three political parties are the Parti Social Democratie et Travailliste, also known as Les Travaillistes. This is a social democratic party that is grounded in the labour movement in Gallorum. As time has gone on, they've become more viable but the Red Scare of the 1990's made it difficult for them to win elections until they adopted Third Way economic policies. The second is the Christian Democratic Party, the PDC, know as Les Gallons. They've been essentially a party of government for the better part of 100 years. Their roots go back to the Traditionalists in the first Gaulois parliament. They stand on what is deemed to be moderate conservatism influenced by the Gallic Orthodox Church. As of now, that means economic conservatism and socially Christian conservatism. They have had many great Prime Ministers like Jacques Chirac and Charles de Gaulle and they get their name Les Gallons from the fact that they are a party that exudes the belief of Gallic exceptionalism, that we are a special nation and deserve to conduct foreign policy as such. The third is the Parti Liberal, a party that has had mixed results but consistently place third in the parliament. Led currently by Emmanuel Macron, the Liberals have had a hard time gaining some votes they've lost to the Travaillistes as they were the original proponents of the Third Way economics in Gallorum. Now they are have had to move economically even more towards the centre, and the party generally represents a technocratic radical centrism. Let's get the best information, the most facts, and make decisions rationally and orderly while putting an emphasis on social justice and equality.

    Poirier: Interesting! How about the parties stances on a spectrum, perhaps left and right?

    d'Artest: Generally speaking, Les Travaillistes are the largest party of the left, Les Gallons the party of the right, and Les Liberals in the centre. However the Green Party has been pushing on the left and chomping on the heels of the Travaillistes and the Front National led by Marine Le Pen is growing in popularity among the right-wing support of the Gallons. The most socially liberal party are Les Verts, followed by the Liberals. Les Travaillistes have an interesting coalition of traditional labourers and suburban social democrats, so their party tends to trend socially centrist most often, epitomised by Baschet's lack of social progressive policy as she comes from the traditional labourer section of the party. The Christian Democrats range from moderate to solid social conservative and the Front are perhaps the most hardline conservatives, calling for bans of migration and the immediate withdrawal from European institutions that promote progressive values.

    Poirier: And their leaders?

    d'Artest: Leading the Les Travaillistes is current Prime Minister Elisabeth Baschet, Les Gallons are led by Francois Fillon, Les Verts are led by Dominique Voynet, the Liberals by Macron and the Nationalistes by Le Pen. There's a lot more flux at the local level where smaller parties have greater access to the possibility of seats, as to get representation in the Parliament with our MMP system, a party needs to have either 5% support nationally or won 5 of the first past the post seats.

    Poirier: Yes, I see now. So this is an election of personalities it seems! These party leaders have the ability to cash in on popularity in terms of the 101 party list seats, which in reality is 100 + the Speaker of the lower house. Interesting. So how have the personalities influenced this election?

    Picard: This is a rare election cycle where everyone is very passionate and can communicate fairly well. Fillon has been trying to hammer away at Baschet as corrupt, but as much mud as he's trying to fling, it doesn't stick. Le Pen has a message that perhaps the voters have no real option between the two major parties, as both are leaning towards free trade economics. Voynet has said the Government has not done enough to combat the impending climate emergency and while she welcomed Inquista's deal that has forced Gallorum to work on its environmental standards, the Kingdom must do more. Macron has simply said that if the people want to be pro-European and unapologetically open for business economically, socially and politically that his party will do the best job. All five are pretty effective communicators and their bases are getting fired up, which could prove problematic for Baschet. She is popular and the Government is fairly popular but trends on social media are showing that people are viewing her as an opportunist and no different from other politicians in a time when the people are changing their preference from a political operator to someone who comes from outside the Bloc du Parlement, the complex that houses the Parliament and government buildings in Aurelis.

    Poirier: Okay, that will conclude the first half of our programme. Tune in for the second half where we interview Yves Cochet and get more in depth with the election at hand.

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    Capital city: Zagreb
    Currency: Kunas
    National languages: Medžuslovjansky, Polish and Croatian
    Head of State: King Kazimerz III Wielki
    Head of Government: Prime Minister Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
    Governing parties: Polish Croatian Conservatives

    European Councillor (Permanent Representative to the EU): Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki

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  • RE: Gaulois News Agencies

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    Councillor Rousselot Goes on Election Trail For PSDT, Baschet As New Polling Emerges

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    MONTRELAIS --- The capital of the Normandie region has been touted as the bellwether section of the country in this snap general election. A cross section of traditional French speaking Gaulois, Anglophones and Germanophones live in the city which make it culturally a melting pot of the nation. It also has the urban/suburban/rural divide as portrayed by census data in 2010 and is one of the most politically active cities in the Kingdom. However, it is also an important stop in the 2019 snap general election because this will be the place that the ruling Travailliste Government led by Elisabeth Baschet will begin their campaign for re-election.

    "I am here from Europolis to campaign wholeheartedly for the government. Premier Ministre Baschet has given us credibility on the world stage by reaching out beyond our borders and expanding our trade into Inquista. She's been willing to form coalitions in Europolis to work for the benefit of the Kingdom as well as the whole of Europe and she's seen as a rising, leading figure in Europe. Our nation has a clear choice: to go backwards, shirk responsibility with a return to the Christian Democrats or you can continue to move forward into Europe together with the PSDT," said Rousselot at the rally in Montrelais.

    The Normandie region has swung with the winning party the last five elections and regionally, Baschet is polling around 45% in Normandie, meaning if she does nothing but hold her current seats, she could gain 10 more FPTP seats. This would put her over the edge the exact minority government of 200 she has now to 210, a rare single party majority government. That has not happened since the government of Jacques Chirac in 1996.

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  • RE: Gaulois News Agencies

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    Election 2019: Fillon Vows Greater Focus on Business and Jobs, Traditional Values

    TURIN --- In the southern city of Turin, Les Gallons (otherwise known as the Christian Democrats) were holding a rally to kick off their campaign to try and unseat the popular PSDT government led by Elisabeth Baschet. Turin, one of the most Roman settlements in the Kingdom, is a bastion of traditional values and typically votes for the Christian Democrats. Starting here, Fillon vowed to visit the whole country.

    "While Baschet and the champagne socialists try to treat this election as a coronation, we view the move as arrogant and opportunistic. We are ready to get our voters out there and fight for traditional values and focus on business and jobs. The Government now is busy scoring progressive points to be viewed favourably by Edward Firoux, Poppy Carlton-Romanov and the gaggle of big government, high tax Europhiles in Europolis."

    So the battle lines are drawn. Baschet and the metropolitan areas and traditional working class areas in eastern Gallorum vs. Fillon and the suburbs, rural areas, and conservatives in Gallorum. Baschet has managed to broaden the brand of the PSDT but if Fillon is going to win, he's going to have to court those who view themselves as more moderate and voted for Baschet in the last election.

    Possible coalitions include the Gallons and the Liberals, Gallons and the Nationals. The PSDT have already stated that they could work with the Liberals on a case by case basis as well should the parliament result in a minority government.

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    Gallorum Wins Eurovoice Competition in its First Entry, Dion Reacts

    AURELIS -- Celine Dion was chosen by the Chante Gallons contest and while the diva knew she would represent Gallorum, her reception by the European public has been nothing short of amazing across her career. The Power of Love singer entered one of her latest singles "Flying on My Own" into the EuroVoice contest and the rest of Europe took off with her as she placed first with consistent votes among the other nations, narrowly beating out neighbouring Icholasen and perennial favourite and Gallourm favourite Red Croatia, who submitted Plastic Love which has shot to Number One on the Billboard Gaulois Hot 100 charts.

    "I am so honoured to have won Eurovoice for Gallorum," Celine said to adoring reporters at the Aurelis-Charles de Gaulle Airport upon her return from Aqualin, Malborya. "This is a victory that I will cherish for the rest of my life and it is a huge win for Gallorum overall. This was such a tough competition with amazing entries. I hope to see Lola and Caitlyn in concert soon. They are so talented. Again, thank you to all of Europe who voted for me."

    Dion, who had lost her husband and manager Rene in 2016, visibly broke down to tears when mentioning the honour of winning the Eurovoice competition and dedicated the win to him.

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  • RE: EuroVoice 36 // Aqualin, Malborya


    See the EuroVoice 36 show here!

    Congratulations @Gallorum on its first EuroVoice victory!

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  • RE: Gaulois News Agencies

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    Breaking: Prime Minister Baschet announces HM The Queen has issued writs of election, calling for Nov. 7 Poll

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    "I have just seen Her Majesty the Queen and chaired a meeting of the Cabinet earlier this morning where we agreed to call a general election. We believe that the choice is clear between a Travailliste government that will continue to work for the interests of all Gaulois or a Fillon-led Democratic government that will be on the side of big business and the wealthy. Our record is something we can be proud of, a record of getting more than 300,000 of our citizens back into work, a record of receiving the highest amount of tax receipts without having to raise taxes on the middle class, and a record of delivering high quality healthcare, public services, transportation and others as we move towards record numbers in GDP and GDP per capita.

    "Gallorum has expanded her reach of friendship into the heart of the European Union, securing deals with Icholasen and Inquista with more coming. We know what we have done but call on the people to return us if they are satisfied with the progress we have made."

    This was the statement made by Elisabeth Baschet outside of the Hotel de Matignon in Aurelis, signalling that the anticipated general election would be held on November 7th, several months ahead of the scheduled May election,

    "Now we will be able to secure a mandate to continue to govern and share big, bold ideas with every one of our citizens."

    It is expected that Baschet and the Parti Travailliste will defeat Fillon and the Christian Democratic Party. At present, the lead is at 38% to 30% with key marginals paving the way for a majority Travailliste government for the first time since the fall of Nicolezian communism should the election be held today.

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    "Then we are agreed then!" Baschet said, turning to her staff. She felt this was going well.

    "What else would you like to accomplish at this historic meeting? The significance for our nations can't be ignored truly."

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