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Old 05-06-2007, 02:33 PM   #46
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Looks like Sarkozy is the winner...

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Sarkozy 'wins French presidency'

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy has won the French presidential election, according to projections made from partial results.
Mr Sarkozy is estimated to have won 53% of the vote, compared to 47% for socialist Segolene Royal.

The turnout was the highest in decades at 85.5%.

Mr Sarkozy, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, takes over from the 74-year-old Jacques Chirac, who has been in power for 12 years.

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Ms Royal is the first woman ever to have made it to the second round of a French presidential election.

Conceding defeat, she thanked 17m French people for their votes, saying she could measure their sadness and their pain.

Thousands of Mr Sarkozy's supporters burst into applause and wild cheering at the concert hall where he is expected to make a speech.


Mr Sarkozy has promised to try to reform France to face the challenges of the 21st century, with putting the nation back to work at the top of his agenda.
But the BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Paris says he will have to work hard to unite the French, and try to win round those who voted against him.

More than 3,000 police have been deployed in Paris and its multi-ethnic suburbs in case Mr Sarkozy's victory sparks a repeat of the riots seen in 2005.

French pundits greeted the record turnout as a victory for French democracy.



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Old 05-06-2007, 03:42 PM   #48
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I'm watching election coverage on TV5 and they interviewed Jean Marie le Pen.....he was saying something like the vote shows that the French are wary of Socialist policies and it wasn't a vote against Royal, the person, but rather the party.

He also said that he doesn't find Sarkozy's policies sincere.

Again, I have trouble with the French accent but this is what I understood!
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I'd like to see that interview!
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Bonne chance, la France. Avec ce type, je crois que vous auriez besoin (de la chance).
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Bravo Grande Nation!

So now you have an an immigrant from Hungary belittling other immigrants.

I am waiting to see the policies, but somehow I doubt he will be as extreme as his friend right-winger Le Pen.

Maybe he´ll just continue France´s way, a few more nuclear plants, arms exports in other countries etc. but he´s not a complete nut like Bush.

Even if he was one of the very few European politicians who spoke out for Bush´s Iraq invasion.

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There is hope for France after all! Socialism needs to finally die.
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85.5% turnout! Wow.

The people have spoken. Not sure about their choice, but they turned out in droves and voted.
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There is hope for France after all! Socialism needs to finally die.


while i don't consider myself a socialist, there are many, many things about France that are better than in the US, such as health care, life expectancy, the lack of obesity, an 85% turnout (!!!), no political nonsense about evolution and sex and morality (war is considered a far more moral issue than what politician is sleeping with who), and the foresight not to get involved in Iraq.

i envy the French many things. perhaps it is socialism that has given them all these positive attributes?
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There is hope for France after all! Socialism needs to finally die.
Oh yeah, healthcare, social welfare, support for society's disadvantaged, they're such terrible things, aren't they? As a social democrat, all I can say is that the world needs less neoliberalism, less capitalism, and a bit more of a swing towards socialism. Socialism is not nearly as discredited as some people in the US seem to think it is.
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I really have to laugh at some of the neo-cons in here. Some of you act as if you are the conservatives of yesterday. I still see some of you use "smaller government" arguments, well look in the mirror. And these communist is the enemy, socialism has to die, and other marxist conspiracies...really? Come on.

Tell me AEON, why exactly does it have to die?
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It should be considered that the Socialist Party in France is not comparable to the socialists that formed the communist countries around the world, which could come to mind.
So, Aeon, you might think of a Chavez socialism, which really is no alternative at all, but the party Segolene Royal stands for is far from this policy.
It's closer to Social Democrats in other European countries.
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Do people still equate socialism with commies?

What a world we live in.
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pro or con socialism (which indeed isn't communism in France) let me tell you this from the inside : Sarkozy is a total jerk (the french Bush) : poor France !
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Bonne chance, la France. Avec ce type, je crois que vous auriez besoin (de la chance).
Merci, on va en avoir besoin !
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