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After the success of my main blog, World Elections, which will remain my top priority, I thought of creating a blog about French elections. More specifically, a blog which seeks to explore – in the same non-partisan manner as World Elections – the fascinating world of French elections, France’s rich political history and issues of public governance and territorial administration. This is not a blog about day-to-day French politics, just as World Elections isn’t a blog about my boring subjective commentary about world politics. This is a blog of analysis, discussion, reflection and informed commentary on the things which interest me in politics: not the boring rumours and the inanities pronounced by whichever politician, but rather the elections, the voting patterns, the political opinions, the political culture, the political history, the coherency or in-coherency of political movements and ideologies over time, and matters related to governing politics: electoral laws, redistricting, local government and so forth. Therefore, this blog, just like World Elections, will seek to explore all these issues from a non-partisan standpoint and offer – hopefully – coherent and comprehensive analysis, reflection, informed commentary and debate on these issues.
What will be covered? Well, most importantly, all elections and referendums – of all types – since 1848 and the birth of universal suffrage in France. They will not be covered in a particular order, but I’ll jump back and forth to discuss interesting things about various elections all at one time. All types of elections will be covered, from the presidential elections which are now the heart of French politics to legislative elections to local elections to European elections. The objective in covering all these elections will be to look at how politics were back then, how people voted and why they voted that way, and look at the wider trends and themes. Besides elections and voting patterns, the evolution of political ideologies and of political movements in an historical perspective will be worth looking at. Finally, it is well worth looking at and explaining contemporary (or not so contemporary) issues of public governance such as local government (you will perhaps finally understand French local government!), electoral laws, electoral systems over time and today, and finally redistricting.
The method by which I aim to stimulate such analysis and reflection on stuff like elections, voting patterns and political patterns is through maps – most of them created by myself. Maps which can tell us lots of stuff better than a thousand words could. Maps which can serve as the basis for analysis, reflection and commentary. Maps which are way more interesting than stale, boring raw data. The objective of this blog, therefore, is mapping French elections. It is a key aspect of French politics which is too often ignored, where our contemporaries do not live up to the hopes the great André Siegfried had. With no pretension, I’ll do my best to live up to what Siegfried wanted his readers to do, and I’ll attempt to explain and popularize the fascinating world of French elections to the Anglosphere and beyond.
All countries have their own unique political terms, lingo and abbreviations. Soon, you will find the first part of this blog: a glossary of French political terms, political lingo and an explanation of the abbreviations used by myself and by the state.