28 April 2012

Hollande wins round one. By Adam

This article was written by a journalist from Libération on 23rd April 2012 and deals with the first round of the presidential election. The French came out in numbers (over 80% of voters took part).

François Hollande, Socialist: 28.63%
Nicolas Sarkozy, the centre-right outgoing UMP President: 27,18%
Marine Le Pen, far-right: 17,90%
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, far-left: 11,10% 
François Bayrou, centre, 9,13% 
Eva Joly, ecology: 2.31%
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, right: 1.79%
Philippe Poutou, far-left: 1.15%
Nathalie Arthaud, far-left: 0.56%
Jacques Cheminade, independent: 0.25%

These election results show the French want change! They consider François Hollande's 60 proposals for his first 100 days in office credible.

It is the first time in the Fifth Republic that an outgoing President loses in the first round of an election. The May 6th second round will show the same results!

The French have sanctioned Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy, in his speech on the evening of the first round, has shown that he is willing to call on the Front National to vote for him in the second round.

Marine Le Pen's impressive results are proof of the failure of the President of the Republic to resolve problems. Part of the French electorate is desperate and willing to blame immigrants for their difficulties...

Only François Hollande, from my point of view, can help us achieve justice, equality and change.

19 April 2012

Radio Hollande broadcasting to France. By Adam

This article was written on 27th March 2012 by a Libération journalist and deals with a great novelty in an election campaign: the creation of the first political Web radio: Radio Hollande. It is the Web radio of the Socialist presidential candidate which, since the 26th March 2012, has broadcast every day from 6 pm to 7:30 pm live from the HQ of François Hollande’s campaign; Every French person can listen to the Socialist programme for the presidential election. Radio Hollande is a Web radio where Socialists talk of France to the French.

François Hollande launched his official presidential election campaign speech:

Each nation has a spirit and that of France is equality. It’s for equality that France had its Revolution and abolished privileges on the night of August 4th 1789! It's for equality that the Third Republic introduced compulsory school and the income tax! It's for equality that the Popular Front worked in 1936! It's for equality that the Government of General de Gaulle introduced social security in 1945! It is for equality that François Mitterrand was elected! It's for equality that Lionel Jospin launched general medical care!

The issue of this campaign is France! A France of labour, merit, effort, initiative, diversity! A France of security for all! A France of Justice where Money will be given its rightful place, which is as servant and not as master! A France of solidarity where none of the children of the Nation will be left out! A France where the rights of the individual will be based on the equality of all! That's the choice that awaits you! The recovery is now! Justice is now, hope is now! The Republic is now! Change is now! Long live the Republic and long live France!”

Hollande sets the tone of his project, a project based on recovery, justice, the Republic, a project for France with real equality, equality being the very soul of France!

By attacking on all fronts, François Hollande appears, in my opinion, to be the candidate most likely to be elected President.

If you are already 18, do not just watch the results, go to the polls on 22nd April and then again on the 6th May!

10 April 2012

Anonymous by Miss -

"We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. You'll see us."

This motto is the motto of a group called Anonymous. Anonymous is a group of hacktivists who have no leaders, no spokespersons, and no strategy other than demanding freedom of speech and freedom on the internet.

Anonymous want to attract public attention. Their first event was an operation against Scientology in 2003. They dressed in Guy Fawkes masks.

They are not traditional hackers because they are not only interested in feats of computer hacking, but more by media attention.

Many Anonymous members live in Brazil, the United State, and France.

The group decides via forums on how to launch an operation, and when they are sufficiently numerous, they target a country. Some operations can be initiated by one person. Some may be contradictory, since nothing is centralized.

Countries condemn these actions because it is impossible for the authorities to negotiate with Anonymous since they do not know who is behind the actions.

After a lot of attacks by Anonymous, Christophe Barbier criticized the group on iTele:
Anonymous reacted to this criticism by trying to show that they are not thieves, that they are not illegal, that they just have their way of seeing things...

2 April 2012