French in Holland vote for Ségolène

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1 May 2007, AMSTERDAM ─ The first round of the French elections took place on 22 April. Eighty-five percent of the electors voted, demonstrating a much greater interest amongst French expats in the Netherlands in the elections than in previous years.

1 May 2007

AMSTERDAM  ─ The first round of the French elections took place on 22 April. Eighty-five percent of the electors voted, demonstrating a much greater interest amongst French expats in the Netherlands in the elections than in previous years.

4091 people voted in The Hague and in Amsterdam, corresponding to an exceptional 41 percent of votes from abroad.  The crowds of people queuing in front of the French embassy on 22 April were not only French nationals, but dual nationals and Dutch relatives.

In the Netherlands, Ségolène Royal came first by far in the ballot with 37 percent of the votes with François Bayrou following with 29 percent of the vote. Nicolas Sarkozy was in third place with 25.5 percent of the vote.

In contrast with the results of the first round in 2002, when extreme right-wing politician Jean-Marie Le Pen took 17 percent of French votes, only 10.44 percent of the electors voted in favour of Le Pen this year and only 1.57 percent in the Netherlands.

The second round will take place on 6 May and the scene is set for the traditional battle between left and right. The voters will have to choose between the (socialist) PS Ségolène Royal ─ plus two other smaller left-wing parties also supporting Ségolène ─ and the (right) UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy. This is in contrast with the 2002 elections where right won over extreme right.

[Copyright Expatica news 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

 

 

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