22 April 2007

The Beeb Reports On First Round Of The French Elections

Nicolas Sarkozy storms into the second round of the French presidential elections with a significant advantage over Segolene Royale. Despite the fact that of the top four contenders, Royal is the most left-wing and Sarko is not the most right-wing, the Beeb manages to attack them both - from the left.

Both are controversial figures who have divided the French.

Mr Sarkozy is hated by the left as a reformer who many fear would change the French way of life by making the nation work harder and longer and by cutting back on its generous welfare state.

Ms Royal is also regarded with suspicion, seen as too authoritarian and conservative by some Socialists.
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Nice to see a high turnout of 85%.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows anything about France would agree that the BBC commentary is reasonable.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows anything about France would agree that the BBC commentary is reasonable.

The point is that both candidates are criticised from a left-wing, Socialist standpoint.

What do the Right think of Ms Royal? Their criticisms aren't covered by the Beeb.

Ralph said...

On BBC Radio 4 it was always 'right wing' Nicolas Sarkozy but often just Segolene Royale.

Elliott said...

How utterly unsurprising. And of course if you were to challenge the BBC with this they would say their impartiality was demostrated by their taking issue with both candidates equally. Wouldn't it be nice if somebody committed to abolishing it ...

Ed said...

Luckily not many French people get their politics from the Beeb.

making the nation work harder and longer and by cutting back on its generous welfare state

Couldn't have that could we?!?!?!