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29.06.2019 Europe

Where France stands after the European Parliament elections

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Where France stands after the European Parliament elections
LISTEN JUN 29, 2019

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about the European Parliament elections. There's “On This Day”, listener letters, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!

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This week's quiz: On 1 June, I asked you a question about the European Parliament elections. This poll is held every five years across the member states of the European Union, where we choose our country representatives for the 751 member European Parliament. The election was held at the end of May, and I asked you to write in with the results of the French vote. You were to tell me the names of the three top parties, as well as French voter turnout, for both this election and for the last Europeans, in 2014.

The answers are: The National Rally party, which is the former National Front party, won 23.31%.

The Renaissance Coalition (which includes Macron's Republic on the Move party), won 22.41%, and the EELV, the Green party, scored 13.47%.

Voter turnout? It was up from the last round of European elections. This year's was at 50.12 %. It was only 42.43 % in 2014.

The winners this week are: Every single winner this week is an RFI Listeners Club member! There's Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark; John Taylor from Kumasi, Ghana; Muhammad Nasyr from Katsina State, Nigeria; Samir Mukhopadhyay from Kolkat in West Bengal, India and Alan Holder from the Isle of Wight in Britain. 

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Cherry Blossom” by Nick and Sien Vallies-Davies; “Sarabande” from French Suite no 5 by Johann Sebastien Bach, performed by Mitsuko Uchida; “Mambo Barbarita” written by Lennie Hambro and performed by Lennie Hambro and his orchestra; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Lippen schweigen” from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, sung by Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann.

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This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 26 August to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 31 August podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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