I’m still thinking Sarkosy will nail it down...French people are wise to Hollande I think, and Sarkosy for the most part has done well for the French. “Change” isn’t what some think it’s cracked up to be...just look at the US!
The parallels you draw are very similar.
The election is all about Sarkozy. Objectively speaking, he has done a very good job in trying to decrease spending and the public debt, and increase productivity. He has been a true leader in the face of the most recent, most serious Islamic terrorist attack in France, he has tried to reduce immigration by half.
He really did inherit a terrible situation, and the world economic crisis has taken it’s toll, even though France has done better than other European nations.
The MSM in France hates him, and they hate his wife. Hopefully, they will wake up in time because there are hundreds of Mohamed Mehrahs waiting for the government to show weakness to activate their cells.