Did I tell you that when I was on a road trip in November, the local rep for the Front National came by to rent our retail space. They needed a campaign office for the upcoming regional elections, but the lady didn't speak English, so Victoria told her to comeback when I return to Jarnac. And she did. We were unable to close the deal since A: the shop is full of stuff and B: they had not enough money to pay the rent and were hoping for a great deal.......ehm. Well. Not me. But there is a Red Cross station in town if you are looking for freebies......
Not sure if they did get a list together here in Jarnac, but they sure did in Cognac where they are polling their usual 13% three weeks ahead of the election date. I am not really surprised, since there is a lot of underlying resentment going on in rural France. Why, I am not sure, after all the same people did vote for that civil servant from the left to run the country in the first place. Now they want the far right to fix it?
While I am no fan of Front National's platform, inevitably at the next presidential elections I predict Marine Le Pen to be the king maker. She is much smoother than her old man ever was and has charisma to boot. Since the grassroots elections are important for a bigger swell later on, I am surprised the national party did not send more funds to the region. Bon, tant pis pour eux.
What is the most interesting part of the Jarnac mayoral election is that both candidates have abandoned their parties for independent platforms. Not sure why, both are known to be from the gauche, Jerome Royer more so than Francois Raby, his challenger. I am sure the winner will revert back to the mother ship after winning the battle to ensure continued flow of tax $$$ into the town coffers. Gotta keep those promises.
THE INCUMBENT, JEROME ROYER
THE CHALLENGER, FRANCOIS RABY
JARNAC POUR TOUS
COMPETENT AND ENGAGED
JARNAC LIVE TOGETHER
THE TEAM WITH JEROME ROYER