April 23, 2012

A Pathetic Outcome in France

Richard Waghorne, Daily Mail

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Already suffocated by bureaucracy, the French election results were rendered into low farce. Disclosing election results until the final late-opening polling stations have closed is an arrestable offence under French election law. Needless to say, the writ of French law does not run across the border in Belgium, whose French-language newspaper Le Soir contentedly pumped out the figures until their website crashed from the avalanche of French voters eager for the forbidden information.

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