Archive | April, 2012

Sunday song, funny side of election

14 Apr

“They tell me that Francois has his fly open, (ooooh!!!)
That if Nicolas loses he will retire (noooo!!!),

Blabla Halal you are  blablabla Halal.”

Who dares to mock with Nicolas Sarkozy,  the fly of Hollande and a highly sensitive topic, halal  ?

On You Tube, on the channel nakoneczny3, an energetic duo posts, every Sunday, a new song. And this is not a band funded by National or Left Front to make fun of the presidential favorites.

Their name is  Sunday song  (La chanson du dimanche).  Founded in 2007, in the manner of  French chansonniers the pair puts together many different musical styles to sing about various topics:  from love, GMO (GMO man, you make the water that isn’t wet, you make women that don’t die…) to purchasing power (If  I  had  a high purchasing power … I would buy a flat screen/ My life would be so much easier) and, of course, politics.
In their recent tune, Blabla Halal, the duo sings about the heated debate over Halal meat as an example of the insignificant issues that are taking over the presidential campaign.

Even though Clément Marchand (guitar & vocals) and Alexandre Castagnetti (keyboard & vocals), didn’t want to focus on politics from the beginning, the 2007 presidential campaign gave them enough  song  material. Back then, they sang about Nicolas Sarkozy and Rachida Dati  (Hold me tight, Nicolas,Rachida/Hold me in your arms, Nicolas,Rachida/I need you Nicolas, Rachida/You’re there for me, Nicolas, that’s love) and about voting options  (If you vote for a fascist, you vote Sarkozy/ You vote trivial, you vote Royal/ You vote for the hatred, you vote le Pen, you vote for  the wimp, you vote Bayrou)

Initially a mere funny experiment, Sunday song became quite popular in France through the video-sharing and social networks web sites-now they are on Facebook, My Space , Twitter and Sound Cloud– and their analyze the current French presidential elections.

With humor, sometimes bitter,  always ironic, they tackle social themes in „Money people (“Peuple de l’argent), talking about the „exile of the rich, fleeing France, scared by tax threats from presidential candidates,  or in “Quinquennial”  joking about the five-year presidential term of the candidate-president Nicolas Sarkozy, represented in the song as a….student.

„You didn’t do your homework, Nicolas?/ -I didn’t have time, we have too much homework!/-You have to work more, mate.” 

Even though they don’t explicitly support any of the candidates, it is quite easy to guess that they won’t attack Left front in their songs. Last month they performed as part of a gig at a Paris rally for far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Moreover, in the middle of two election turns, Sunday song  play a live show on the 3rd May in Bataclan. Tickets are sold for 19 euros for the registered voters, for those who can’t vote-minors or strangers- and for all the Jean-Lucs.

It must be comforting for Jean-Luc Mélenchon to know that, even if he doesn’t get to the second election turn, he gets a free entry to the concert.

What you believe is what you vote.

14 Apr

Tell me what’s your religion, I’ll tell you who will you vote for.  Even in a secular state like France, where laïcité is a part of Constitution and religion kept out of the public sphere and politics, voting intentions based on religion still exist.

Photo credit: Flickr/CC/phoenixdiaz

Catholics vote right

At 57.2%-of which 14% practicing- Catholics make up the majority of voters in France. The survey found that the outgoing president, Nicolas Sarkozy would expect to get 28% of the Catholic vote, while his rival, François Hollande would only get 25%.

Catholic voters are probably seduced by a moderate conservative right, which represents to them  a guarantee of family values, refusal of euthanasia and gay marriage. Furthermore, Nicolas Sarkozy doesn’t miss the opportunity to woo catholic voters, praising the „Christian heritage of France“. At the same time, the Catholics these days seem to be more willing to vote for National front.  Is Marine le Pen more popular than her father Jean-Marie le Pen? She surely made the National Front vote more sexy for Catholics, because the voting intentions expressed in the first round give her 13% of the Catholic vote.

Even though the Church doesn’t give any “guidelines” for voting, last October a collection of some speeches made by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris and President was published. It his recent publication, Quelle société voulons-nous? (“What society do we want?”), he says no indication is given as to the vote, but he focuses on the defense of life and of the traditional family.

And let’s not forget about the Civitas movement, closely allied to the Society of  St Pius, that seeks to strengthen the traditional Catholic right and publishes regularly, on the website of the associations, articles against Francois Hollande, threat for a Catholic community.

Muslims vote  left

If  Francois Hollande can’t count on Catholics’ votes, he can surely be happy about the 85% of Muslim voters that would chose him as their candidate for the second election turn.

Traditionally on the left, the Muslim vote will definitely stay that way after the Sarkozy’s  laws  on burqua and the rightification of his politics, with its focus on immigration, radical Islam and Muslim mores.  The tensions rose especially after the tragic bloodshed in Toulouse and the Sarkozy’s ban of  some imams from entering France to the conference organized by the Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF).  Of course, Marine le Pen stays the enemy number 1 of Muslim voters because of her pronounced anti-immigration and often anti-Islam discourse.

Religious vote obviously does exist. But even if we count in the Protestants and Jewish voters (which, long close to socialist party tend to move to the right), the religious voters represent merely 30% of electorate. Not enough to decide on the final election result.