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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.

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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.

The next French president ? Let’s take a peek at a crystal ball.

30 Mar

You don’t have to be superstitious to consult a psychic. Neither to go to the lost parts of the town to find them in the small smoky tents. The crystal ball is right here, on the web!

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According to the French newspapers, one poll a day, keeps the suspense away. Everyday, depending on the poll, you can find out if  the presidential hopeful François Hollande is ahead-or not- of the current president Nicolas Sarkozy, that Melenchon is rising, Bayrou  falling and so on.

However, if you are more curious, you might want to goggle « Qui sera le nouveau président français? » (Who will be the next French president?) and enjoy the psychics’ explications.

Newspaper France Soir already asked Monsieur Olivier (if you can’t meet him personally, on his website , you can find sms consultations and hotline number !) who saw François Hollande as a new head of the state, facing Marine Le Pen in the second round of presidential elections.

And he was not the only one: my predictions for France in 2012 blog sees Marine le Pen in the second round, without affirming explicitly if she will win the elections and who will be her opponents.  Nicolas Duquerroy, “your psychic and magnetic healer”, agrees with the recent poll results (Sarkozy and Hollande as two presidential favorites9, but predicts the re-election of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Just as the polls,  predictions seem to change on everyday basis. And you know what? From now on you  can participate in the debate. A site called “Journal de demain” (Tomorrow’s newspaper) publishes predictions of  “Journalisme d’intuition” (Journalism of intuition).  If you have visions- whether you are a professional or an amateur- you can publish your predictions on their website. You don’t even have to be French: predicting the future is beyond every national border.

Toulouse drama gives religious fuel to presidential campaign

23 Mar

The dramatic killings that took place in the South of  France this week might change the face of the French presidential campaign.

Find out more on Storify (follow the link to discover the whole story)

Halal quest

17 Mar

After a heating debate on Halal products that was going on between French politicians last week (Marine Le Pen saying halal meat is on the plate of non-Muslim French, Nicolas Sarkozy claiming that the halal meat is “the issue which most preoccupies the French”), one would think Halal invasion is going on in France. Since I wasn’t able to take an insight look on the halal production and distribution in the Ile-de-France region, I decided to take a look at the nearest supermarket shelves to check the halal offer. And you know what? If I were a halal only consumer, I would stay (meat) hungry in my neighborhood.

Click on the link below to take a look at my search for halal products!

http://www.wix.com/yellenaantipleks/halal-quest

Halal meat: a hot-button issue of presidentail campaign

9 Mar

National Front leader Martine Le Pen launched the debate in February.  In her speech in Lille, the Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said “all the abattoirs in Ile-de-France sell halal”, meat slaughtered the “Muslim way”, adding  that this was being done unknown by the consumer.

Although it turned out the slaugherhouses mostly supplied local Muslim butchers and most meat sold in Paris came from further away, the halal meat is on the campaign menu of almost every presidential candidate.

With the French Prime Minister François Fillon saying recently that  “Religions should rethink about keeping traditions that don’t have much in common with today’s state of science, technology and health problems,”  to Europe1 radio, it seems that halal is the meat that feeds this presidential campaign.

But what is really Halal? 

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Halal in Arabic means „permissible“. In the terms of food, it would mean that the food is permissible to Islamic law. The following can’t be consumed: pork or pork by products, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, animals not slaughtered properly, blood and blood by products, alcohol carnivorous animals, birds of prey, land animals without external ears. Halal certification is an assurance that a product has been thoroughly vetted and found to conform with Islamic Dietary Laws.  In France main Halal certifying agency are The Grande Mosque of Paris and the Mosque of Evry.

How is halal meat different from “ordinary meat”?

Halal meat means that the animal is slaughtered properly. That means that Allah’s name must be pronounced during slaughter, the instrument has to be very sharp severing the windpipe, jugular vein and carotid artery (slit at the throat, while its head is pointed in direction of Mecca). The animal must be hung upside down in order to bleed dry because blood is not halal. This kind of slaughter is accomplished by a Muslim or by the “People of the Book” (Christian or Jew). Many observers find kosher meat, that  acceptable.   Non-religious butchers on the contrary stun the animal first, saying this lessens pain.

Why Muslims don’t eat pork?

Pork belongs to the category of Haraam, an Arabic term meaning “forbidden”. In Islam it is used to refer to anything that is prohibited by the word of Allah. It is the Qu’ran which draws the distinction between the Haraam and Halal food, and the swine is believed not to be clean, thus Haraam. Furthermore, a swine cannot be slaughtered at the neck due to its anatomy (see Halal slaughetring).


2012 Secularism proposals

10 Feb

What do six French presidential candidates top-rated in opinion polls have to say on the secularism? Let’s take a look at the extracts from their proposals.

 

Halal, the meat of discord in Marine le Pen’s party

10 Feb

Secularism diet by Marine le Pen:  halal meat off the menu.  Yet, the biggest provider of the halal poultry in Pas-de-Calais, northern region of France, is one National Front regional councillor.

In the beginning of 2010, Marine le Pen gave up on hamburgers. At least on those made in Quick, the fast-food chain that decided to serve only Halal meat hamburgers in some of their outlets.

The president of the far-right party Front National declared that it was “the discrimination of all non-Muslim customers (…) that the “halalburgers” amounted to an “Islamic tax” on French consumers”.

In 2011 the journalist Jean-Baptiste Malet publishes the book Derriere des lignes du Front (Behind the Front lines), the result of six month reporting within the National front party. Investigating behind the Front lines, he found the biggest provider of halal poultry in the region.

The 75 years old  Paul Lamoitier, National front regional councillor,  sells some thirty tons of halal meat to the regional butchers although for his party animals slaughtered in the name of Allah, using halal methods, aren’t welcome on the supermarket shelves and on the restaurant tables.

Marine le Pen’s cabinet chief claimed that “he doesn’t see the connection between the Paul Lamoitier’s situation and the Quick halal affair”.  Still, in her campaign proposal, Le Pen clearly positions herself against the “religious communitarianism.”  Should Paul Lamoitier look for another job or another political party?