Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Debate Viewing

Unfortunately I won't be able to cover the debate live, although I will have a full review of the debate and reactions to it later tonight. If you are interested in viewing the debate, you can watch it live here, and also likely on several other French news channels here. Most analysts agree that this debate will not swing many voters unless something catastrophic happens, although I wouldn't count anything out. Make sure to observe what Segolene Royal is wearing, as that may hint as to how she will be behaving against Sarkozy. I know it sounds sexist, but it is true.

12 comments:

Da Weaz said...

Thanks for the coverage. I am watching the debate and can't help but think that Sarkozy is going to win. Ségolène interrupted too much, and seemed to desperate. She didn't handle herself in a presidential way, in my opinion. And Sarkozy caught her by surprise when he spoke about home ownership being the goal, and not affordable rental housing. In addition, he seemed to move more to the center, frustrating her, saying that he "is not credible." But it seems to took the thunder away. By the time the debate wound down (which it is right now), she seems to have lost a lot of steam. I don't see how she will win. But I, against great odds, hope she does.

In any event, there seems to be nothing to cause a large shift of public opinion, and it seems that that would have been needed.

Da Weaz said...

And Ségo's rage regarding the handicapped really didn't help her, and seemed a flashback of times long past. It seemed like an old married couple revisiting old arguments and arguing with a passion that nobody else can understand. And Sarkozy once again came out the better, because he was less annoyed.

Connie said...

I think Ségolène prevailed - I think she exhibited passion and he seemed to exhibit the usual political rhetoric. I couldn't help but laugh when she reamed him out however like a child for cutting the funding for handicapped in schools.

Da Weaz said...

I hope that she will be viewed as having won, but I don't think that that rage helped her. And I think she really got hit hard with respect to Turkey, Sarkozy was able to jump on that. And I think that he is still scoring on the issues with respect to Africa and immigrants, by saying that they have to come to families with jobs, housing and have to speak French before coming. I think that people will think that this is a prudent approach. I think that she did better in the beginning, but really got hurt as the evening went on.

Connie said...

I think she does well by using examples - such as the immigrant grandfather picking up his grandson - the immigrant women's home story, etc. He seems too general - not sure his 'hardline' approach is well accepted in France (which as a whole is devoted to human rights issues).

Da Weaz said...

Well, I'd love to get other people's opinions on the subject, because I am not in France, and am watching from abroad. So I do not know how this is playing out among French voters, and I don't know where to go to get an accurate gauge.

Name: Alex Moronda said...

Sego's spirited commenting will help her greatly.

Connie said...

I live in the US, but teach ESL all day to people in France. The topic is readily discussed - and to be honest, opinion seems split. People are very concerned about his hardline approach and some refer to him as a "little George W" [not fondly of course]. Others are concerned about the cost of her proposals. Some talk about abstaining. I speak with people every day and am still on the edge of my seat - eager to see the results Sunday. (o:

Name: Alex Moronda said...

expecting immmigrants to speak French well BEFORE immigrating is absurd and not a popular idea anywhere.

corsaire said...

I also watched the debate, and think that Sarko handled it quite well, issuing real proposals and changes, well explained. Sego kept talking about wishes, great socialist ideas but without coming to the facts. That showed a lack of efficiency and reality in her behaviour and I think deserved her. In fact she was rather annoying and boring when she was talking, using long sentences. Except when she got angry, faking it or being honest, she was not convincing at all.
I think Sarko proved that he had the skills, the nerves and the self insurance required for the job.

corsaire said...

...and by the way thanks for this blog, I was able to get the results of the first round in France in advance, and the comments from the other side of the Atlantic are really interesting for a Frenchman...

Da Weaz said...

I guess it was clear that weazl was right all along.


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