As can be seen on social networking sites like Twitter, the 2012 presidential campaign is well and truly underway in France.
The left wing Primaries have animated the media landscape over the last couple of weeks, and resulted in François Hollande being named the Socialist Party (PS) representative. On Twitter, many Trending topics make reference to the up coming elections and are provoking amused reactions.
On his blog, Sarkofrance  (FR) tells us that after the Socialist Party primaries Nicolas Sarkozy wants us to start talking about him (again).  (FR)
Sarkofrance  goes on to say that with this in mind the UMP, current presidential party and majority holder, has decided:
To “go head to head with the Socialist Party candidate”
This Tuesday afternoon the UMP therefore held a convention  (FR). Some forty representatives of the majority, including fifteen government ministers and Monsieur Sarkozy's communications advisor, met together on Tuesday evening to thrash things out in preparation for the presidency.
On Twitter, @MehdiYanis of the Pudding à l’arsenic  (FR) (Arsenic pudding) blog decided to retaliate by launching the hashtag #UMPanique which, after just a few hours was leading the francophone Twittersphere (FR) thanks to a succession of amusing and ironic comments. For example :
@Pierre_C_Porter  :
Its been a long time since the French Twittersphere has had so much fun, as confirmed by @mathieulinares:
Here are a few of the comments:
Coming to a screen near you soon #UMPanique 
@Romain_Pigenel  :
The UMP wants to “light the way”=> project for Sarko for 2012: “the shining path” #UMPanique 
@_brahim_  :
#UMPanique  It was like being at a telethon with their pocket calculator
@Romain_Pigenel  :
@PierreKanuty  :
#UMPanique “we can't leave our France is this state for the socialists” . Freudian slip
As intelligent as I know humankind is, how can a UMP campaigner swallow what #UMPanique  say
Go on, lets make it all about apprenticeships, no need for education. The poor don't need to think. #UMPanique 
What would make me laugh is if Carlita gave birth now :-) #UMPanique 
The final tweet comes from @GillesBonMaury :
Now there needs to be a PS convention on the UMP convention on the PS plan so that the UMP can react to our reaction. #UMPanique