So the talking's over and the first round of voting is scheduled for this Sunday.
Yep, it's the Socialist party primaries, open to anyone - as long as they're French citizens of course - who's on the electoral register, willing to cough up €1 and sign a pledge "recognising the values of the Left" (I assume some will be keeping their fingers crossed when they go to vote).
The last televised debate in the Socialist party primaries (screenshot BFM TV)
Anyone interested in French politics will surely have found the debates an interesting and possibly stimulating exercise; getting to know the six candidates, where they stand, what differentiates them from one another and so on.
What's more, they all managed to behave in a reasonable manner (for politicians) foregoing the backstabbing that was so prevalent in 2007 and appearing, on the surface at least, to be cordial.
Heck even the prime minister, François Fillon, seemed to have been impressed, maybe wishing that the centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, had someone else to offer (namely himself) other than the incumbent.
Fillon certainly seems to think it's the way forward in future elections.
Anyway, I know most of us here probably can't vote in presidential elections (which is more than a bit of a shame really) but did you watch any/all of the debates? Were you impressed at all? Did you find them interesting or did they simply leave you cold?
And no, I'm not asking you to nail your political colours to the post - just interested, that's all. Because even if we have no say on the political level, what happens in 2012 is likely to have an impact on all our lives.