Congrats to Nick. 85% voter turn out, that’s great. Would have been nice to see a greater margin of victory… something that would demonstrate a really strong mandate, but there it is. [quote=“BBC”]Conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has won the hotly-contested French presidential election.
The final count gave Mr Sarkozy 53.06%, compared with 46.94% for socialist Segolene Royal, with turnout at 85%.
Mr Sarkozy’s supporters have gathered for an open-air concert in the Place de la Concorde, which is expected to continue until the early hours.
In his victory speech, Mr Sarkozy said he would be the president of all the French.
“France has given me everything, and now it is my turn to give back to France what France has given me,” he said.
He said the US could count on France’s friendship, but urged Washington to take a lead in the fight against climate change.
He also said he believed deeply in European integration, but appealed to France’s partners to understand the importance of social protection.
“[Voters] have chosen to break with the habits and the ideals of the past so I will rehabilitate work, authority, morality, respect, merit!” he said.[/quote]
He said the US could count on France’s friendship[/quote]
It is great to see a blunt and uncompromising pro-American conservative leading France. Sarkozy also has a family connection to the US-- his father left the family when Sarkozy was 4, marrying twice more and fathering two more children. The mother of those children, Christine de Ganay, went on to marry Frank Wisner II, the son of the former Head of the Directorate of Plans at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Thankfully that snivelling turd Royal was roundly trounced.
It’s about time the French got their heads out of their asses (despite it’s reputation as an essential part of French culture & cuisine), and joined the rest of The Human Race…
While I’m also glad he won - because he represents real change and Royal just means stagnation - I must say I don’t expect him to be all that pro-US once serious business shows up. After all, he’s still a Gaullist, and what makes Gaullists different from other European conservatives is their strong nationalist bent - usually directed against the US. So don’t think he’ll ever be a ‘Bush lapdog’ or anything like Blair.
I’m actually more interested in his economic and law-and-order policies, and I really hope he’s a success there. If he succeeds in relaunching economic growth, cutting unemployment, and cutting down on crime and street-gang hooliganism, he will become an example for all of Europe to follow.
I keep my fingers crossed. Sarko, go, go, go!
Happy to have a very clever man at the Head of our State. It was certainly the best choice between Royal and Himself.
His entire career is impressive from the young lawer he was, to the mayor of a town where he had to face the crises of a nut going into a kindergarten school taking small children as hostage and brave enough to go into the school and negociating directly before the guy was killed. He has guts and he is clever. A man who I think will be in history books if the french are behind him.
He is going to restaure the pride and self confidence in french people
And I agree with Enzo+. He is not going to be a lapdog of american at all. In his speech, when mentionning the friendship with America, he repeated again that American people must understand that friends can also disagree. Isn t that what Chirac was saying also ?
They are both Gaullists.
[quote=“SHARLEE”]If those people do not accept a democratical choice, they can choose to live abroad.
And note that those burning cars are probably not muslims but belonging to far left extremists party.
Now France is preparing another important election that is the National Assembly election due to take place in a month time.[/quote]
So it’s just sour grapes on the part of the lefties is it? I didn’t know, and the papers didn’t really make it very clear – they’re all just Frenchies, after all and therefore hardly worth bothering about. They WERE quite insistent about his shortarsed-ness though, and made quite a big deal of the fact that he wears high heels.