Paris … Politics … Left or Right … ?

  Tell me who you vote for …. and I will tell you where you live in the Ile-de-France (Paris and its region), or if you are planning to move to Paris, where you should live to be with likeminded people. After the first round of France’s presidential election I wrote about the results here […]

A patriotic Parisian flying the Tricolor yesterday

 

Tell me who you vote for …. and I will tell you where you live in the Ile-de-France (Paris and its region), or if you are planning to move to Paris, where you should live to be with likeminded people.

After the first round of France’s presidential election I wrote about the results here so this is a sort of update now that France has a new President, Socialist François Hollande.

Paris, which has always been right-wing, is now without doubt on the left.

This is how the Parisians voted yesterday, May 6, 2012:

Of 1,253,879 on the Voters’ Roll 1,041,049 voted which means that the abstention percentage came to 16.97%. Of those who voted, only 1,007,958 actually chose between the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and the challenger François Hollande. The others failed to choose, probably deliberately by failing to make their cross or messed up the ballot paper.

Of the 1,007,958 Holland received 560,459 (55.60%) votes. Sarkozy’s number was 447,499 (44.40%). (560,459 plus 447,499 indeed add up to 1,007,958.)

Breaking this number down arrondissement by arrondissement (district by district) it looks like this:

If you are Socialist by upbringing, thoughts, desire or … whatever else, you would be very at home in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissement.

Therefore, if you are a right-winger, or just not Socialist, you would be very at home in the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th and 17th arrondissement.

I may not have to tell you, but will do so anyway by saying that the more wealthier Parisian lives in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th or 17th arrondissement.

As for Greater Paris. If you have a little bit of cash in the bank (or hidden in the mattress) you will be at home in the communes of Boulogne-Billancourt, Chaville, Courbevoie, Garches, Garenne-Colombes, Levallois-Perret, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Plesses-Robinson, Puteaux, Rueil-Malmaison, Saint-Cloud, Sceaux, Sevres, Suresnes and Ville-d’Avray.

Now where do I live. It’s Socialist through and through.

Each arrondissement and commune has its own town hall and Mayor, but there is an overall Mayor for Paris and Greater Paris too. His name is Bertrand Delanoe and he is a Socialist and he is also Gay. A good Mayor, his name is being menioned as France’s next Foreign Minister. (By the way Hollande has promised to change legislation so that Gays and Lesbians can marry and adopt children.)

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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