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The mucul of pandats. No, multiple directorships. Nothing to see. Unlike the pandas, dippers, the cumulistes, are not endangered. Nothing prohibited or so little.

The cumulonimbus cloud is not a cloud

Benoît Hamon (PS) is regrettable. He who says on Twitter he had not had a good Sunday also just lost his remuneration. It could thus, if confirmed in practice what he had said during the campaign, to turn to the private as he had done before MEP in the last legislature. The fall is often rude to non-elected, and especially the non-reelected. The best protection against these avatars of democracy is the dual mandate. This is the meaning of this article to try to see more clearly from the elected MEPs contingent in France Sunday, June 7 In my view, the cumulonimbus it No creep accumulation, darker representation. The question is not here to speak accumulated income (which is capped anyway), an interesting topic, but compared to the Annex of the effectiveness of our elected officials. To optimize the data collection work, I am also interested in the age and sex of MEPs. The set of tables is available here in Excel format or here in PDF format.

The parliament buissonnier

French MEPs are not considered particularly present in the European Parliament. These are not the only ones. In their defense, they often indicate that the MEP job is not just to sit in the sessions. Either. But it does not is to dry the sessions. No investigative accounting method can not fully satisfy the quality criteria of the presence of an MEP. Still, after all the results are inspiring as can be read here.

The idea of ​​this article is to see if the dual mandate can be a hindrance to the exercise of its function of MEP. It is also to show if there are differences between the various political movements in terms of the presentation of their candidates. If I have my own political ideas (my convictions lead me to the center), I went facts to draw a post hoc analysis. If errors appear in the tables, thank you indicate. Similarly if you think your point may be relevant to be shared with the readers of this article. I invite you to do so directly to my email address or via the comments below this post.



Gender distribution.

While perfect equality is sought to validate the filing of his list, no special requirement is then to political parties to present as many women as men top the list. Moreover it is the voters who choose to bring their voice. The results are therefore to be considered with these parameters in mind. Nevertheless. There are four French MEPs from more than MEPs. 52.8% against 47.2%. Brussels Two parties send more women than men: Modem (66%) and the Greens (57%). Among the "major parties", the PS is the worst student in the class with only 42% of MEPs.

Age distribution.

The average age of French MEP is 53 years and 7 months. It is consistent with the average age of the French deputy.

The average age of the MEP sortan t was 58 years. This is the average age qu'auront our new MEPs in 2014 (as a parliamentarian or not they will take one more year each year until the end of their mandate). No rejuvenating the French Euro-political class. The situation is different in different movements. If Jean-Marie Le Pen, octogenarian raised the average of his party, other political movements are consistent with the overall average except Ecologists with just under 50 average age. The youngest being Damien Abad (UMP-NC) and its 29 years. We should push a little further on the issue, but one can question the influence that age can have on political considerations when one is elected fifties and one is elected by their fifties or more given the youth rate of abstention in these elections.

Multiple directorships.

37 French MEPs MEP combine their function with another term, or 51% of dippers. Sometimes with the simple function of alderman, "for the local roots", sometimes with important executive functions (President of the General Council, vice president of local authorities ...).

The only movement to be within half cumulard is the environmental movement with 14%, two of its 14 MEPs combine their mandate with other functions. They are both in the southeastern district.

Among the government parties, the UMP is leading with 2/3 of its MEPs who accumulate, followed by the SP with 57%.

For environmentalists, the reason lies in the recency of their organization, federation and interests of environmentalists figures, so the youth policy of their candidates. But also a line of thought that denies the idea of accumulation, "stop the mandates of consumerism", the no-show of outgoing MEP Onesta, recognized by his peers for his European parliamentary work is the example.

It is the opposite for the UMP and the PS who preferred due?, Presenting local figures, to be loaded locomotive list. This also gives MEPs that we already imagine the time and calendar jobs overloaded. Time will tell whether these Stakhanovists representation have time to lay the relationships inherent in their duties. Among outgoing MEPs is Philippe Morillon (UDF) which was hardest-working relationships with 22 MPs to his credit.

Survey methodology.

I took the results of the European elections on Sunday, April 7 on the eight French constituencies.

Assignment. The elect are allocated to parties or movements that led the campaign. So we will not see the figure recorded in the New Center UMP label, same for environmentalists including many elected officials are not members of the Greens or the Left Front which no distinction is made according to their membership or not the party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon or the French Communist Party.

Age. Age is recognized by reference to the year of the election within the year of birth. Or for example for a person born in 1973, 2009 to 1973 = 36 years. Even if that person was born after June 7 And this for practical reasons in order not to have to search for the precise date of birth, without the Chinese astrological sign or ascendant or the positions of the moon at the time of birth.

Mandate. Walking through the biographies of the candidates, were recognized the mandates they hold in the day of the election. These mandates are classified as executive mandate is when the elected Parliament, mayor, deputy mayor, vice chairman of the General Council, Regional Council of Urban Community. I do not count the important functions within political party or dependent ancillary functions of their office parent (example: Chairman of the Board of directors of a hospital for a big city mayor). Other mandates councilman type are not classified executive mandate. The case is different for Paris where counselors Paris councilors are also due to the dual status of this community.


I considered Michel Barnier and Rachida Dati Brice Hortefeux, ministers at the time, or have resigned their office of Minister (Michel Barnier and Rachida Dati in the next redesign) or their MEP function (Brice Hortefeux) . In the latter case, I took the person who was following in the order listed. For Jean-François Kahn, he had said during the campaign that he would resign from his post if his list was not elected two. Duly noted. It also remains to be seen what will Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a senator and MEP, two incompatible functions according to law.

In the weeks and months ahead, will eventually elected to resign their MEP mandate or some of their local functions or otherwise acquire others, mainly because of regional and local elections of 2010, or the opportunity for local elections. The data tables provided will be modified accordingly.

Two new elected will represent France if the Lisbon Treaty enters into force. Indeed, France would count 74 seats in the European Parliament by the Treaty and the recent elections have provided 72. The choice should return to the French parliament to decide the identity of two additional representatives should not upset nor the political balance, nor the balance in terms of gender distribution, age and accumulated.

It would be good to look at these results against the previous term of office and to compare them with those of our neighbors to determine specific trends in the French representation. Concerning the French parliament, an investigation of the New York Times showed that 85% of French parliamentarians were accumulating their duties with another elective office against 20% for comparable democracies such as Italy, Germany and Britain. From there to explain absenteeism Parliamentary ...

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