Leftie French voters could pick favourite president based on WINE tasting

Macron will win French election due to split opposition says Lees

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Voters will take part in La Primaire populaire – The People’s Primary – which follows a “majority judgement” method thought up by French mathematicians, Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki who were inspired by wine tasting. Activists have organised the vote in a hope to unify left-wing voters. currently divided ahead of the April French Presidential Elections, behind a single candidate.

Much like a popularity contest, voters will be asked to rate the seven contestants from “Very good” to “lacking”.

The winning candidate is based on the person who received the best overall median grade, receiving more than 50 percent of that grade or a better one.

Nearly half a million people registered for the voting.

The system of voting, which began on Thursday and will finish on Sunday afternoon, is used to ensure voters opt for their preferred option rather than tactical voting, which could be used in the current two round system seen in the French Presidential elections.

Mr Laraki told the French Huffington Post: “Citizens will be really able to say what they think and democracy will function normally.”

Mr Laraki and Mr Balinski’s system was thought up with judging systems like wine tasting, gymnastics and skating in mind.

They believe grading candidates rather than picking a single candidate will create less biases.

MEP Pierre Larrouturou, socialist former justice minister Christine Taubira, public health expert Charlotte Marchandise and environmental activist Anna Agueb-Porterie have been named as prominent candidates.

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While some French politicians oppose the People’s Primary including Green MEP Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélencho and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Chloé Ridel, a cofounder of Mieux Voter (Vote Better), said: “Our current system obliges voters to pick a single candidate who may or may not be their preferred choice.

“People end up voting against a candidate rather than for someone, and they can’t say what they think of other candidates.

“As a result, abstention and blank ballots are steadily increasing and the winner is elected without the backing of a majority of the public.”

She said of the proposed People’s Primary vote: “There is no need to cast a protest vote since you can give all candidates a bad rating if you wish to”.

Current French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron currently has a comfortable lead over the closest contenders from the conservatives and far right who are trying to push identity politics and security to the fore in the election where he is much less at ease.

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