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Alzoc

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  1. Alzoc

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    Yes Here is an old (2017) article summing up the current cases open around her and her party (including the one concerning the ISIS pictures). I'll try to see if I can find something more up to dates. Concerning the European parliament affair, justice seized 2 millions € out of the 4,5 millions their party was supposed to receive this year (the State founding all parties proportionally to how much votes they got on the last election). The total amount they will have to reimburse is now estimated at 7 millions (for the 2009-2017 period) For the rest, I didn't followed too much so I don't know where they are at now.
  2. Alzoc

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    The main difference is that we didn't put a freedom to drive in our constitution. Which obviously makes the whole thing much easier (the speed was recently lowered from 90 km/h to 80 km/h on national roads)^^ Touching the subject is a major political risk but it doesn't mean that it's impossible. And if the government didn't pass any law regarding road safety they would be accused of being lax and not doing anything (yeah we are schizophrenic as a People). So far stats for death on the road are on a general down trend since 1972, and while some regulations had good effects (like installing a lot of automatic radars, or make the safety belt mandatory) a lot of others had little to no effects (often reducing the maximum content of alcohol in the blood). So it's all about choosing an effective way to regulate.
  3. Alzoc

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    Actually the license is never renewed at all, you get it pretty much for life (unless you lose all your points and simply need to repass it or follow a short training) The only case where you have to pass a medical examination is when you declare on your honor that you have a bad eyesight or a kind of disability or illness which could impair your driving. But you'll only be asked to do it if you declare so. It's also needed for certain types of licenses (like the one you need to transport general public), but not for the generic license you need for a personal car. For a country obsessed with regulation we have pretty much no requirement on driving license^^ https://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/specialist/knowledge/old/what_can_be_done_about_it/assessing_the_fitness_to_drive_en If there is one thing you could compare the obsession with the freedom of speech 2nd amendment (it should be a more comparable situation) in the US it would be freedom to drive in France Every time the government try to put more automatic radars, reduce the speed on roads or make the controls stricter they are sure to face major backslash^^ So I don't even imagine what would happen if the government declared that you could lose your license for medical reasons
  4. Alzoc

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    Well psychoanalysis (and homeopathy) is still a thing here, and yes it bring me much shame to admit it^^ So I would say that having a psych eval isn't really a cause for stigmatization here, it's generally well perceived as a normal medical procedure (in that case finding wether or not there is an underlying medical condition before any judgment is passed). That's one thing I wish we had here, especially the periodical examination (yes eyesight often tends to get worse with age and some peoples have a hard time admitting it). So it's not completely equivalent to simply have your eyesight tested, but it's still viewed as pretty normal. The main difference is that it may be more "stressful" because the stakes are potentially higher (like if you are going to test for cancer or some other serious illness for example).
  5. Alzoc

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    That's where we disagree. But it's not a surprise for anyone^^
  6. Alzoc

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    Politically probably not. His personality however would have made him completely unelectable here. For example Le Pen (speaking about her) had a debate with Macron just before the second turn of the 2017 election. She shown everybody how incompetent and unfit for the function she was and lost millions of votes overnight, even among her core electors. And being a professional politician, she is still pretty tame compared to Trump.
  7. Alzoc

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    Yes I know that for Americans State intervention is generally seen with distrust a priori, while on the contrary Europeans tends to ask the State to regulate sensitives issues with all the power it wield. That's one of the major difference between our societies.
  8. Alzoc

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    That's the main difference between the French and the American institutions. The US does it down-stream with overall pretty strong check and balances. But given the current American society and mode of election it is possible to elect rather extreme candidates: Trump happened. The French system have much weaker checks and balances but the institutions and the election mode make it virtually impossible for extremist parties to get to the power. The only way that would happen is that over 50% of the population vote for said extremist which is unlikely since we have much more political parties than in the US. If they get elected in that case we would only get what we deserved for having elected an authoritarian.
  9. Alzoc

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    That argument is the same as saying that because X engineer working in nuclear safety is payed by an electricity company, his words have to be automatically dismissed because he has to be a dirty lobbyist (disregarding that this person probably have family and friends as well and that he has no interests of lying to let the central leaking). Yes judge and public servants are payed by the State, doesn't mean that they are automatically politically biased. It's a very worrying possibility, just like the engineer could be a lone greedy bastard. Doesn't mean it is the case. In the end it is all about wether or not you trust your institutions (which is again not the same as the government which won't be there anymore in a few years).
  10. Alzoc

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    Precisely my point. You are all arguing wether or not there is a political drive behind those accusations, and wether or not Justice is really independent from the Executive or that it's public servants are overly politized. ffs the whole thing have became so polarizing that it's almost comical! Never said so, and that's why counter-power exist. They are different ways to do it with each their flaws and advantages. The way your supreme court work strike me as weird for example: The chief of the Executive nominating judges in your highest court?? Granted he need some sort of validation from the legislative power, but in a case where the President have a majority in congress and that those judges drop like flies (because of their ages of whatever) you could have your highest court overwhelmingly Conservative or Democrat for decades!
  11. Alzoc

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    Yes and that's totally irrelevant to the topic as I (tried, probably my poor English) said. I was referring to all the fuss happening on the other side of the Atlantic regarding the alleged Russian collusion (among other things).
  12. Alzoc

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    Say the pot to the kettle And you are comparing political regimes with political systems.
  13. Alzoc

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    Well the corpus of laws which require those psych evals is centralized around child protection. What she is accused of have nothing to do with her opinion, simply that she published violent images degrading Human dignity in a place where any children can reach. She used to be a lawyer so she ought to know the law, which IMO makes it even worse since it mean she knowingly broke it. She got caught, the law is applied as it is, there's nothing more to it. Psychiatric exam sound humiliating, but in the end it's just a routine exam to asses your mental health just like you could do a check-up to asses your physical health. Plus she has all the rights to show the results of said exam to another physician if she find that the first results are wrong. I trust the judiciary power to be independents from politics and that the physician examining her will report things as they are. If in a democracy, the population lose that trust (regardless if there are good reasons for that) in their judiciary system, that democracy is pretty much screwed.
  14. Alzoc

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    I didn't expected any other reaction from our fellow murricans ^^ Keep living in the US and I'll keep living in Europe and everybody will be happy. We already had this conversation, the US seem bigot, libertarian (which isn't a compliment) and with a tendency to blow any insignificant event out of reasonable proportion when seen from Europe. And Europe seem authoritarian and borderline socialist (with the negative connotation you have in the US) plus other bad stuff I forgot when seen from the US. (ofc those are over generalization) Don't worry I find the US society just as distasteful as you might find European societies. Working in the US for a few year sure, settling there certainly not^^ Back on topic, I just gave the legal basis behind the decision. Do whatever you want with it^^
  15. Alzoc

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    Like it's said in the article the psychiatric evaluation is pretty much automatic. For a bunch of infractions, a medical assessment of the person is automatically required to know wether or not they need medical care and if they were fully responsible for their actions. It's simply there to know if the person can be dangerous for herself or for others and if they can have attenuating circumstances. Just a simple case of rule of law she we will have to submit to like any other citizen. She's just trying to pass it as judiciary and political persecution against her as usual... In her case the expert will simply conclude that she is sane of mind and fully responsible for her actions. Really nothing to see here
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