Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2007 18:12 UTC, submitted by FreeRhino
GNU, GPL, Open Source "When free software supporters participate in the French presidential election on April 22 for the first round of voting, they will have information that may be unique in the world: position statements from all major parties on issues about free software, copyright, patents, and digital rights. Even more surprisingly - at least from a North American [ed. note: or the rest of Europe, sadly] perspective - a majority of the candidates have heard of these issues and developed positions on them."
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by bbrv on Wed 25th Apr 2007 10:05 UTC
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The next president of France will either be Mr. Sarkozy, a conservative who wants the French to work more and pay less taxes, or Ms. Royal, a Socialist with a leftist economic program and a declared ambition to modernize her party. Whoever moves into Élysée Palace next month will inherit a list of problems from Mr. Chirac, chief among them sluggish economic growth, chronic unemployment and simmering tensions among alienated Muslim youth.

OK. Why is this discussion interesting?

1. This discussion is in English on a Forum established for the dissemination/exchange of information related to computers and software.

2. Governance is a matter of society. Different cultures embrace it in different ways. Wouldn't it be something if the same "culture" that furthers the common resource of community software began to collaborate at increasing sophisticated and pervasive levels.

Perhaps, this thread is an indication of the possibilities...

Back on topic, France has about as much choice for change as the USA does in its next presidential election, which is not much. The established parties are fraught with people who have rarely done much else in their lives other than being politicians (which is not necessarily bad but inclined less to good).

Change anyone?

R&B ;)

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