It's voting time
So here we are, two weeks away from the first round of the French presidential elections. My official voting card showed up last week, so I am all set to vote for my first French president. I have to admit, I'm not as prepared as I could/should be. C & I have been so tired at the end of the day lately that we usually just end up watching fluff American TV on the slingbox....so I am way more up on the American presidential runoff than I am the French one.
I have made an effort though, but it just hasn't gotten me anywhere. Looking at the various candidates websites, how do you weed through the muck? There's so much information there and half of it is just what they think people want to hear, so how do you know what they really believe in and what they really plan on doing if elected? I know I'm not the only newbie French citizen out there, so I am happy to say I now have an answer for us.
I was reading Ouest-France the other day during a work trip and came across a small article talking about an online poll they had. You answer 30 questions on various topics and at the end, it tells you which candidate corresponds the best to your beliefs. As an added bonus, you have the option of taking it in French or English, so even those of you who can't vote can at least hypothetically find out who you would vote for :
(as a side note, only a French website would have such an awkward address)
Unfortunately however, like with most things in life, I fell right in the middle of all of the candidates. It reminds me of those high school aptitude tests they used to make us take. Mine were always all over the board - like "You should be a social worker. Or a forest ranger. Or a chef." But the nice thing with this quiz is that you can click on each of the candidates afterwards to see how their answers compared to yours, and at least see if you disagree on big or small issues. And now that I've done that, I've got a pretty good idea of who I'm going to vote for....but I'm going the French route and saying my lips are sealed!