Let the Battle begin! Sarkozy 31,06% – Royal 25.74%


If you’ve read my past posts, the outcome of Round 1 at the voting booths was no surprise . . . but how do the French rate their new voting machines?

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the new voting machines were not a big hit with everyone. Marisa Faion, Elodie Soulie and Thomas Segissement report that at some voting offices such as Boulogne-Billancourt, people were waiting as long as an hour and a half to vote.

Le Parisien reported “colere” anger at several Issy-les-Moulineaux voting offices as well.
Although there were lines at Issy (on the hill), people waited patiently for their turn to vote – no one appeared to be angry at the time we arrived. This was late in the afternoon.
There were two separate lines and the longest line extended outside of the school along the park’s border. Perhaps the beautiful spring weather and the garden’s explosion of tulips and peonies softened people’s frustration about having to wait in line.
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Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007

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At this time of day, most of us had already had our main Sunday meal and were enjoying the opportunity to be outside. Whoever wins the final election on May 6th might keep in mind that a ‘green’ environment goes a long ways in softening the daily pressures of life. You don’t have to be a conservationist, or even left-wing, to appreciate the beauty of a tree’s shade and the color of spring flowers. My hat goes off, and all my respect for the gardeners of Paris and the surrounding towns such as Issy.
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Being visitors in Paris, we are constantly aware of the number of trees and parks that make this city all the more beautiful in the Spring. Have politicians taken some time to consider how one’s immediate surroundings might impact a vote? Certainly, one is going to vote differently on a mild Spring day, surrounded by greenery and flowers than one would vote surrounded by trash, concrete and chain fences.