Wednesday, 9 May 2012

How did Brittany vote and what next?

Clearly my contribution (see previous blog) has had the desired effect.

The Parti Socialist, supported by Breton autonomists (UDB) and the Greens (Europe Ecologie), has attracted a large majority of votes in the second round of the French presidential election in Brittany.

François Holland, the new president, has promised to ratify the European charter for minority languages. This would undoubtedly aid the recovery of the Breton language. Equally he has promised to decentralise further powers to Frances administrative regions. Nothing however has been offered with regards the reunification of Nantes and the Loire Atlantique county with the rest of Brittany.

We will wait and see. The promises above are fragile and would be easy enough to renege upon.

The next step will be the legislative elections in June where the French parliament will be chosen. A president without a majority of MP's in parliament would be hamstrung.

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