Gaulois News Agencies
New European Councillor to Bring Spiritual Well-Being to Europe
AURELIS --- The Government had proposed that left-wing ally to the Parti Travailliste Jean-Luc Melenchon go to Europolis to shake things up, but the Prime Minister had some second thoughts. In a grand remaniement, the Government is sending spiritual guru and self-proclaimed left of centre politician Marion Rousselot will be joining the fray in Europolis with the likes of Edward Firoux, Poppy Carlton-Romanov and Hrayr Cruthin.
"I am so excited to bring a different kind of energy to Europolis. Too long have we seen our politicians focused on channeling and fueling negative energy in the European Council, blocking real change, progress and balance. I'm here to tell my fellow Gaulois that I am working to bring positive energy and balance to our European system," said Rousselot before she got onto her flight to Europolis from Aurelis.
Gallorum has often been critical of the European Union's internal machinations as disorderly and sans finesse. But, with Rousselot going to Europolis perhaps a change will come. She built her alternative healing and spirituality empire by appealing to the Gallic sense of community while appealing to those who don't find themselves gravitating towards one religion or the other. It is that balance and appeal to the heart that has made her a somewhat popular figure in Gallorum. That and, of course, a continual presence on the popular Friday night show Ce soir ou jamais!
Government Announces Key Reforms on Crime
AURELIS --- The Chamber of Deputies met today to discuss the government's measures on crime and criminal justice. The Baschet Government has heralded the publication of numbers from the Institut d'études publiques et d'administration (IEPA) that showed that under the Baschet Government, the black market has come down from 5.5% of GDP to 3.1% of GDP and steadily falling.
"It's a sign that our approach to solving crime; an approach in line with the teaching's of Jesus Christ and agreed by most everyone across the country...an approach of compassion, an approach of understanding...that is working," the Interior Minister, Matthias Fekl, announced in Parliament earlier. The Government announced several more measures to tackle crime and reform criminal justice in the Kingdom.
The first measure would be to provide more funds for police training as well as rehabilitation training. According to the Government some £1.2 billion for the police outside of Aurelis, £800 million for le Département de police d'Aurelis, and £2 billion for better rehabilitation centres across the country.
"Without rehabilitation as a way to deal with minor crimes, we will only radicalise our population in the cells of Gaulois prisons, and we cannot in good ethics do that. Rehabilitation and help to achieve what their God-given potential is truly what this Government wants to deliver," said Minister Fekl to the Chamber of Deputies as he presented the initial Crimes and Criminal Justice Reform Bill to the floor.
Other details in the bill included changes in the criminal code to reduce sentencing for minor crimes while increasing the sentencing for violent crimes. While the Travaillistes are in power, they have chosen several issues to wedge the more conservative Parti Democratique, as their constituents would like to see violent crimes receive increased sentencing but rather than see people rehabilitated, they'd prefer those people stop participating in their society. They argue that the sins of these people outweigh the forgiveness that society and the Lord could give, as they would be sent to Hell for their misdeeds. This (rather unpopular) view is far more prevalent in rural Gallorum.
As the Travaillistes continue to govern, their ranging popularity between some rural workers, suburban coalitions of women and the professional classes, and the urban poor could deliver them great success in 2020.
Politics: As Parlement nears resumption, the Opposition ramps up attacks
AURELIS --- The sounds of Parlement's Avenue Valois are gearing up as the Place de Constitution neighbourhood prepares for the resumption of business. The seat of government in the Kingdom has been relatively quiet as the MPs have gone on their holiday. The Opposition, le Parti Democratique, have come back early and renewed their attacks on Baschet which have had mixed results over the three years of government.
"It's embarrassing that we are going to be sitting for potentially only 130 days this session and the Government refuses to call Parlement back and get to work for the benefit for all the people of Gallorum. This is a Prime Minister, Elisabeth Baschet, who would tell workers to go to work for 45 hours without the possibility for overtime pay yet here we are, paid to do nothing!" said Francois Fillon outside of the Chamber of Deputies, locked when there is no sitting business. The press gathered in the lobby in anticipation.
"Baschet continues to cater to the champagne socialists of Aurelis and the cities while the ordinary person in the suburbs and in the country pay for their wine and dine tours. Where is the media outrage about that? Where is the news about how Baschet's government ministers are meeting regularly with the elites and the celebrities of this country while we, les Democrats, come back early to Parlement to work hard for the people! It is no wonder that everything this government touches drips with fat and excess," Fillon continued.
Government spokesperson Audrey Azouley (MP, Sanzieux) replied to the comments later on Le Trois.
"It's very apparent that the stunt made by Les Democrats has no grounding in reality. This was the weekend of the Repost of the Holy Lady. No one should be working on a well respected, traditional and holy holiday. Moreso, we will be working 160 days this year, the most in a single year session of Parlement in the constitutional era. We reject the idea that the Opposition is saying that the Government is lazy. Now, if we want to ask about excess...what about the private donations to the Democrats by the big banks in L'Etoile de Romain. What about the dark money funding Mr. Fillon's leadership campaign. We've had a serious whistleblower come forward about Mr. Fillon using the mechanations of Opposition to line his own pockets. If we are supposed to be the ones dripping in fat, he must be a duck confit, swimming in its own fat and grease to the point it can't see out of its own corruption," Ms. Azouley said to Le Trois.
Politics: Baschet, Government Prepares Speech from the Throne
AURELIS -- The Government is said to be planning an ambitious Speech from the Throne for 4 September. King's Day, traditionally the date that all legislative sessions begins, is the first Wednesday of September. This being the last Speech from the Throne before election next year, it is expected to lay out exactly what the Government plans to make its top manifesto pledges and highlights.
Elisabeth Baschet's achievement of cracking down on the out of control black market has seen her government take it down from 6% of GDP down to 0.8% of GDP. Economic growth and wage growth will also be on the agenda, with the Government expected to write that they wish to continue the economic opportunities they have fostered. Energetic, outward-looking foreign policy and full engagement with the European Union is another major point to look forward to in the speech, highlighted by the Prime Minister's recent trips to Spain and Inquista. Future visits from Icholasen, Angleter, and others will be in the speech as an example of what the Government says is the "intelligent use of goodwill that Gallorum has received among the European Union". It is rumoured that Marion Rousselot will be present for the speech as well, considering that she is a key component of government and representation of the Government at the European Council.
Fete d'Escolives Brings in Largest Crowd in History of Festival
ESCOLIVES --- The Fete d'Escolives brought in a record 20,000 people over the course of Saturday and Sunday. The festival is one of the larger displays of maritime history in Europe and is a cornerstone of the calendar in Escolives. Locals described seeing the 20,000 from across Europe as "an amazing sight for a city not as important as Aurelis or Entrages or even Racines".
The festival, which takes place in the harbour of the seaside city, has taken place since 1953 as a celebration of the art of sailing. Traditionally it comes the week before Sovereign's Day and engages in a mock battle between Gallorum and Icholasen. The festival also serves as a means for the local branch of Les Verts to go on about climate change and the need to protect cities like Escolives from rising sea levels.
The festival, according to the local council, brings in nearly £200,000 in added tourism benefits to the local economy every year.
Politics: Baschet Looks to Liberalise the PSDT as Parlement Resumes
AURELIS --- Les Travaillistes have always been a good party of protest. From their roots in their first elected deputy from Montrelais to the heartlands of Racines and around Entrages, change through civil disobedience has been at the core of the party. Elisabeth Baschet would know. Her father was a coal miner and union member who was courted by the Travaillistes to join the PSDT. While the Social Democratic wing of the party is considered to be young progressives and suburban socialists, the Travaillistes wing trends older, working class, more socially moderate than their counterparts. This is the salt of the earth kind of politics that the Prime Minister grew up in. Now, as she delivers her last Royal Address before the 2020 election, the Prime Minister is riding a wave of support as Gallorum turn sits gaze not just inward, but outward as well. With the St. Dominico Agreement coming back from Inquista, Baschet has demonstrated she can grow Gallorum's connections and economic prosperity.
"It is right that the Government seeks to grow the pot for Gallorum; Inquista is the top economy by GDP per capita and pure GDP numbers in Europe, and they have a rigorous economy. By trading with them, we are connecting our goods to the wider European markets. Tariff free access to this is exceedingly crucial. The Government believes in our partners in Inquista and we will do whatever it takes to get this deal through Parlement," said Government spokeswoman Audrey Azoulay. "We will continue to seek trade deals that honour the Government's commitment to economic growth in a responsible manner."
Confident and steadfast, Elisabeth Baschet has taken the PSDT out of the wilderness and into Matignon with a slim majority. Her increase in popularity has perhaps earned her a large majority and second term.
This is the same party that in the late 80's and early 90's embraced extreme statism, borderline Nicolezian communism and while it worked for a while, crashed the economy in 1992. Not surprising that the Democrats were in power then from 1995 to 2016 then. So what has changed? Elisabeth Baschet. That's what has changed. The cross between her heritage and her politics of triangulation, she has co-opted many ideas of the centre-right economically while championing social justice and equality known as The Third Way. The country now has given her an unprecedented 42% support in the country, giving her 224 seats in the Deputies. A clear, strong majority of 50 seats over the opposing parties.
Perhaps this is the era of Baschet, and even Francois Fillon mut live in it.
Breaking: Prime Minister Baschet announces HM The Queen has issued writs of election, calling for Nov. 7 Poll
"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.