Election Day

Local elections in France are a bit weird.  You don’t vote for a party, or a person.  There are lists of candidates who present themselves as a group who will work well together.  At the previous election, we lived in a large village (1033 inhabitants or thereabouts), and we had the choice between two lists – the outgoing conseil municipal and a new lot, who seemed to have some good ideas, specially about controlling expenditure.  We had the right to cross out a name on a list or to add a name from the other list.  We duly did this, crossing out  a rather dubious character and adding someone we thought highly of.

Now we live in a smaller commune (population 690 ), and although the conseil municipal could be as many as 15 people, when I went to vote yesterday I was presented with only one list, containing seven names, which were the outgoing conseillers.  It seemed a bit pointless to vote, but it says on my electoral card “Voter est un droit, c’est aussi un  devoir civique” (To vote is a right, it is also a civic duty).

So I did – self-c0nsciously ducking under a green cloth to hide my top half from the assembled company (the mayor and a few assorted councillors),I folded the list and slid it into the envelope provided and emerged sheepishly to pop the envelope into the glass urn, which already contained a small heap of votes.

With a jovial bonne fin de journée all round, my electoral experience was at an end. I understand that the outgoing conseil was duly re-elected, surprise, surprise!  I’m sure they will, as before,  run the village with efficiency, mow the grass, maintain the peace and empty the rubbish bins.

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One Response to Election Day

  1. Only in France… 🙂

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