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Hey all,

Among my other projects I promise to get some work done on a French Presidential Election 2007. The major problem that I have with the original version is that while it is simpler, I can't have more than 5 parties which is rather annoying. Technically in this election there were five "parties/factions:" the center-left (Sego Royal), the center-right (Nic Sarkozy), the far-right (Le Pen), the center (Bayrou) and the far-left (assorted candidates though Olivier Besancenot polled the best). What I'll probably do is make two variations, one for PF + Primaries and the other for the original.

Fortunately someone else has already done France 2002 so I can take the map from there. Please give me some suggestions, but here is the issues I have so far:

Corruption

Economy

Energy

Environment

European Union

Globalization

Health Care

Housing

Immigration

Jobs

Law and Order

Military

Social Security

Tax and Budget

US Relations

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Overseas Territories

Transportation-Public Transit

The SNCF (Privatisation)

Education and the Universities

Unions and strikes

More power to the legislative or executive

Agriculture

The Banlieues

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Overseas Territories

Far-Left: We should control directely each overseas territory from Paris.

Left: We should inject large sums of money into the overseas territories.

Center-Left: We should help the overseas territories.

Center: The situation is fine right now as it is.

Center-Right:We should cut some funding into the overseas territories.

Right:We should consider giving more autonomy

Far-Right:We should give independence to all overseas territories.

Unions and strikes:

Far-Left: The unions must be leading France

Left: We should give more power to the unions

Center-Left:We should help the workers

Center:The situation is fine

Center-Right:We should give less power to the unions and put an essential service law

Right:We should give much less power to the unions

Far-Right:We should outlaw the unions

The SNCF:

Far-Left: We should consider making the SNCF free for everyone

Left: We should drop SNCF fares by 50%

Center-Left: Let's invest more money into the SNCF

Center:The SNCF is fine right now. More TGV and TER service.

Center-Right: Consider allowing the private sector in the business.

Right: Consider privativating the TGV and the regional system.

Far-Right: The SNCF must be private.

Public Transit:

Far-Left: We should put all our transportation funding into public transit with free access

Left: We should consider investing large sums into public transit, with massive projects. We should also cut in half the fares.

Center-Left: Public transit is important, more funding to the Transilien network

Center: More funding and new métro and RER projects

Center-Right: Public Transit is fine right now

Right:Consider privatising public transit and the RATP

Far-Right: We should remove all funding. Public transit must be private.

System of gouvernment:

Far-Left: We should have a parlimentary system with no president. Abolish the senate

Left: We should have a parlimentary with a ceremonial head of state

Center-Left: More power to the legislative

Center: The system is fine right now

Center-Right:More power to the executive branch

Right: The president must the main head of state. Abolish the prime minister.

Far-Right: The president must rule alone.

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I do have some candidates for the 2007 election (I recommand you doing it with P4E+P even through it won't be 100% accurate)

UMP (Center-Right)

Nicolas Sarkozy

Alain Juppé

Dominique de Villepin

Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Jacques Chirac (Set to off)

Michèle Alliot-Marie

Parti Socialiste (Center-Left)

Ségolène Royal

François Hollande

Bertrand Delanoë

Laurent Fabius

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Jack Lang

Mouvement Démocrate (Center)

François Bayrou

Marielle de Sarnez

Front National and assorted Far-Right

Jean-Marie Le Pen

Bruno Gollnisch

Marine Le Pen (Set to off)

Philippe de Villiers

Bruno Mégret

Far-Left

Olivier Besancenot

Alain Krivine

Marie-George Buffet

Arlette Laguiller

José Bové

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I do have some candidates for the 2007 election (I recommand you doing it with P4E+P even through it won't be 100% accurate)

UMP (Center-Right)

Nicolas Sarkozy

Alain Juppé

Dominique de Villepin

Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Jacques Chirac (Set to off)

Michèle Alliot-Marie

Parti Socialiste (Center-Left)

Ségolène Royal

François Hollande

Bertrand Delanoë

Laurent Fabius

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Jack Lang

Mouvement Démocrate (Center)

François Bayrou

Marielle de Sarnez

Front National and assorted Far-Right

Jean-Marie Le Pen

Bruno Gollnisch

Marine Le Pen (Set to off)

Philippe de Villiers

Bruno Mégret

Far-Left

Olivier Besancenot

Alain Krivine

Marie-George Buffet

Arlette Laguiller

José Bové

This is what I was thinking of. How competitive were the leadership contests? I didn't think they were very competitve at all.

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Expect for a few small far-left parties, everything related to candidate selection is done internally behind closed doors with the executive of each party.

However, I think that I will be far more interesting to do it with primairies even through it is not 100% reliable because I will be much more fun to play with the PM4E+P with more opinion.

BTW, if you don't want to play to primairies you could turn off all other candidates for each party.

Ok, as for the map (I used France 2002-P4E map) I think that (this is for the first round):

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First Place Candidate

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Second Place Candidate

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Secound Round:

The north of France: is generally pro-UMP, except in Labor Areas which are PS (with the pink region in the second round)

However many regions are pro-Front National as seen in the 2002 Election.

So basically,

1.UMP (40%)

2.PS (20%)

3.FN (15%)

4.Bayrou (15%)

5.Others (10%)

The Bretagne (at the far left at the north of the map) is 60% (PS) and 40% (UMP).

Paris is generally mixed, with more affluant and middle-class areas really pro-UMP. The poorer areas in the Banlieues are now pro-PS, but they have a strong communist and far-left voting history.

Alsace-Lorraine is the most conservative and religious region in France. The UMP is strong, the FN can also be strong like in 2002.

The South-West in France is pro-UMP and the FN could have really high scores like in 2002.

The South-East is really left-wing, with the PS arriving first and Bayrou could have good scores in this home region (near Spain).

The Corse is right wing, with the UMP first and the FN could also have respectable scores like in 2002.

The Overseas territories are varied:

The Guadeloupe is 50% (UMP) and 50% (PS).

The Martinique is left-wing with the PS ahead.

The Réunion is also left-wing with the PS ahead.

The Guyane is UMP territory.

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//Education

Large increase in federal funding. Make free education at all levels a national priority.

Increase federal funding for all-day schools and universities. Free tuition for undergraduate university study.

Priority for school funding, more national standards. Moderate university tuition, need-based scholarships.

National quality standards and competition. Cost-based university tuition, affordable loans, encourage savings.

Leave education to states. Allow cost-based tuition. Access to post-secondary education is a private matter.

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//Energy

Renewable energy all the way. Switch off nuclear power immediately.

Encourage renewable energy sources. Exit from nuclear power step by step.

Stay with energy mix and research all sources equally. Reduce subsidies.

Coal and oil are our main concerns right now. Nuclear power is safe and sound. Cut subsidies.

We will always rely on fossil fuel and nuclear energy. Abolish the petroleum tax.

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//Environment

The environment is the first priority. Raise taxes on pollutants.

Tax incentives for being eco-friendly. Invest in new research.

Ensure more gets recycled and our Kyoto targets are met.

Open to environmentalism, but not an important issue right now.

There's no threat to our environment.

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//European Union

Enlarge EU and commit for more EU powers. Press hard for Turkey membership as a bridge to Islamic world.

More common EU standards. Secure European constitution. Open for Turkey membership.

EU is large enough. Secure EU constitution. Demand reforms in Turkey before later admittance to EU.

Stop EU enlargement. Restrict EU powers. No to Turkey as full EU member in near future.

Give power back to national states. EU should be a loose federation. Turkey is not Europe.

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//Globalization

The process of globalization should be reversed.

Renegotiate trade agreements for environment, culture, and labour.

Free and fair global trade.

Reduce tariffs, open and diversify markets to promote more free trade.

All markets should be open! Push for free trade expansion.

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//Health Care

Dramatically increase funding, end all private sector interference.

Increase funding. Cut private sector involvement.

Work to cut costs, secure universal healthcare. Public-private relationship is essential.

More private responsibility for health care costs, coverage, and competition.

Public healthcare help for poor and elderly only, for rest full privatization of health care.

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// Immigration

Multi-cultural ways are Europe's future. Relax immigration laws. Open borders!

Immigration is good for Europe. More rights to asylum seekers, and a guest-worker program.

For immigration that our economy needs and genuine asylum seekers. Laws must be strictly obeyed.

Place strict quotas on immigration and asylum seekers. Crack down on criminal asylum seekers.

Immigration is destroying Europe. Stop it now, and expel asylum seekers. Close borders!

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//Jobs

More public spending for jobs. Increase worker and union rights. Revoke new CNE contract.

Stay with public investment. Protect most worker and union rights. Correct unfair CNE contract practices.

Relax worker and union rights. Stay with CNE reforms. Encourage public-private partnerships in job creation.

Relax dismissal protection. Let employees negotiate terms independent of unions. Cut employment-agency bureaucracy.

Unions have far too much power. Cut back on employment regulation. Close employment-agency.

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// Law and Order

Criminals are just misunderstood. Bring criminals together with victims.

Rehabilitation and prevention, not punishment for criminals.

Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

Add more law enforcement officers, introduce minimum sentencing, crack down on gang violence.

National ID Cards, build more prisons, lock up the criminals! Reinstate the death penalty!

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//Military

Abolish the military. We need to commit ourselves to pacifism and complete neutrality.

Reduce the defense budget. Move towards neutrality, focus on diplomacy rather than force.

Our military should be used in UN and NATO missions to stop genocide and secure peace.

We need a stronger military and engage more actively in safeguarding international security.

Europe should take an active role in the War On Terrorism and other international security ventures.

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// Social Security

Citizen pensions for all, increase funding. Rise in line with average earnings. No to private investment.

Provide more help for poorest. Increase public funding and basic provision.

Leave it as is, with some small private capital schemes.

Reduce provisions. Incentives for workers' private savings and investment.

End public subsidy. Provide tax breaks and broad incentives for private schemes.

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// Tax and Budget

Higher taxes for everyone. Increase public spending, accept debt for jobs and social programs.

Wealthy and corporations must pay fair share of higher public spending needs.

Reduce taxes for lower and middle income and for small business. Reduce public spending.

Reduce taxes across the board for everyone, especially business. Steep cuts in spending and debt.

Reduce taxes for wealthy and for business. Drastically cut public spending. Eliminate deficit.

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//US Relations

We should work with the UN, Russia, and China to curb American power.

We should significantly distance ourselves from the U.S. We do not share American ideals.

We should stand up to the U.S. more often. Europe is more important.

We should improve our relationship with the U.S. and be a moderator for Europe.

The U.S. is our most important partner. Atlantic ties must be closer.

Stand by America no matter what. All the way with the USA!

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