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France chooses a new president during tough times (Socialist Francois Hollande?)
Yahoo ^ | 5/06/12 | GREG KELLER

Posted on 05/06/2012 9:00:37 AM PDT by Libloather

France chooses a new president during tough times
By GREG KELLER | Associated Press – 4 mins 30 secs ago

PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies.

The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's debt crisis, how long the nation's troops stay in Afghanistan and how France exercises its military and diplomatic muscle around the world.

Hollande voted in his electoral fief of Tulle, in central France. Live television coverage showed the 57-year-old politician shaking hands and chatting with voters on his way into the polling station.

"It's going to be a long day," Hollande told reporters gathered to watch him vote. "It's up to the French people to decide if it's going to be a good day," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eucrisis; france; francecrisis; franceelection; hollande; merkel; president; sarkozy; socialist
Hollande has promised more government spending and higher taxes — including a 75-percent income tax on the rich...

Hussein's dream.

1 posted on 05/06/2012 9:00:44 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

There was a treaty signed by the US a couple of years ago that defined any states seeking to lower their income tax below a certain level as a rogue state. Does onyone remember the specifics?


2 posted on 05/06/2012 9:04:57 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: Libloather
Heard all across France:

"It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he's gonna help me."

3 posted on 05/06/2012 9:07:27 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Libloather

Hollande has promised more government spending and higher taxes — including a 75-percent income tax on the rich...

Feh, why not just take it all, then everyone would
want to succeed. /s.

Socialists, Baaah.
So the 50% who don’t work pay no taxes and the rest
are slaves to the state. Makes sense in a Marxian
kind of way. And naturally the government posts will
be filled with people from the 50%.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 9:10:38 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

Intrade has Hollande at 97.5%
Dow Futures for Monday Down -182 on “European Jitters”
and monied-French planning to move to UK

Mmm — so what’s happenin’ in Greek elections? UK can only handle so many.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 9:12:04 AM PDT by bunster
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To: Libloather

The Sheep, especially the immigrant sheep, were promised Unicorns and free schit from the Socialists for a generation, and by god, they WANT THEIR FREE SH*T!

There is NO WAY this ends well....


6 posted on 05/06/2012 9:13:33 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Libloather

In other words the economy of France is guaranteed to fail, taking the rest of Europe with it.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 9:17:50 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Libloather

First a law will be passed that no one who wants to move out of France can take more than $10,000 or so in currency and goods with them. Then they’ll pass the 75% income tax on the rich. If you leave the country, all your wealth defaults to France. Castro will be proud.

I’m waiting to see how many of the Hollywood liberals who always threaten to move to France if a Republican wins the White House, actually do so.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 9:19:46 AM PDT by randita
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FRANCE24 BREAKING NEWS: French voter participation at 71.96% at 5pm, interior ministry says

France’s interior ministry says voter participation reached 71.96% at 5pm Paris time on Sunday as Socialist favourite François Hollande challenges President Nicolas Sarkozy in a tight run-off vote.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 9:22:12 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Peggy - is that you? Peggy? How is “Hope and Change” going? Not well? Peggy?


10 posted on 05/06/2012 9:22:17 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Libloather

If France goes socialist watch their economy tank. The wealthy are already leaving rather than face a 75% tax rate and France is already broke. I expect within a year after a socialist government take over in France the Euro will crumble.


11 posted on 05/06/2012 9:31:28 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: randita

Good one! ;)


12 posted on 05/06/2012 9:40:00 AM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Whatever happened to Peggy? Is she living in a rathole somewhere, angry at Obama for not paying her mortgage or forking over other people’s money to pay $4/gallon gasoline to put in her junk car so she can go job-hunting yet again?

Or is she quietly content, sitting before her plasma television, waiting to go to her afternoon nail appointment followed by a little grocery shopping courtesy of her EBT card? Then a return home to cook some filet mignon while eagerly anticipating the government check(s) that will be in tomorrow’s mail?

I wonder.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 9:43:12 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: The Great RJ

Merkel has to be wetting her pants over this one. Germany is almost single handedly propping up the Euro. If France goes the way of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland, Germany will probably have no choice but to abandon the Euro to save itself.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 9:43:57 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita

There is some election in Germany today too, that is supposed to be a harbinger for Merkel’s popularity. I don’t know what it is — maybe a local province or something. Have you heard?


15 posted on 05/06/2012 9:58:56 AM PDT by bunster
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To: randita
how many of the Hollywood liberals who always threaten to move to France

Johnny Depp lives over there. Let's see if he comes scurrying back home.

16 posted on 05/06/2012 10:11:33 AM PDT by what's up
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To: LostInBayport
I think Obama had Peggy in mind for this year's election theme: For Ward! of the state.
17 posted on 05/06/2012 11:12:18 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: bunster

In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Result: Merkel’s CDU barely strongest party by less than 1% over the “center-left” SPD. No majority together with their small coalition party, the business-oriented FDP. Too soon to say what type of coalition will come out of this.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 11:24:24 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: bunster

PS: On a positive note, the hard-left Linke didn’t even come close to taking the 5% limit that must be passed to gain parliament seats.

But this matters little, as the socialist has just won over Sarkozy in France. Bye-bye euro!


19 posted on 05/06/2012 11:32:38 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke

Remember after Sarkozy was elected, the idiots in this country elected the opposite?

Hopefully that will happen again.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 1:16:38 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Moltke

From Der Spiegel on election in Germany/France

Merkel’s Less than Super Sunday
For Chancellor, Torturous Months Lie Ahead
German Chancellor Angela Merkel can’t be pleased about François Hollande’s election victory, but it will at least be bearable for her. The newfound self-confidence of her junior coalition partner, the FDP, which scored a surprise success in the state election of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, poses a greater threat to the chancellor. A Commentary By Roland Nelles more...

Coalition Voted Out in Schleswig-Holstein: Merkel’s Party Suffers Setback in Regional Election


21 posted on 05/06/2012 2:18:45 PM PDT by bunster
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To: bicyclerepair

A very coincidental correlation.

But hey, it could happen again! :-)


22 posted on 05/06/2012 2:51:43 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: bunster

That must be some very twisted wishful thinking by Der Spiegel.

The consequences of the French vote will be grave.

The “surprise success” by the FDP in Germany’s Rhode Island is fairly inconsequential and mainly due to the local popularity of their top candidate. Otherwise the FDP is pretty much dead in the water, thanks to a decade or more of selecting clowns as their leaders. Just in times when a competent FDP with a strong conservative, business-oriented platform would be needed as a corrective, though small, partner to the CDU, they are spinning around like a compass at the north pole. Trying to please everyone from conservatives to muslims just ain’t gonna work. Duh!


23 posted on 05/06/2012 3:09:27 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Libloather

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” ~Winston Churchill


24 posted on 05/07/2012 3:18:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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