Skip to comments.Nicolas Sarkozy Becomes New French President
Posted on 05/16/2007 3:53:31 AM PDT by Cincinna
NICOLAS SARKOZY BECOMES NEW FRENCH PRESIDENT
PARIS, May 16, 2007 (AFP) - Nicolas Sarkozy was officially invested as France's new president on Wednesday following a handover ceremony with outgoing head of state Jacques Chirac at the Elysee palace.
The 52-year-old right-winger was ceremonially proclaimed France's 23rd president by the head of the Constitutional Council, following a private meeting with Chirac, who leaves office after 12 years in power.
"From this day on you are the embodiment of France, you symbolise the Republic and you represent all French people," Jean-Louis Debre told Sarkozy after officially proclaiming the results of the May 6 election.
Sarkozy and Chirac exchanged a long handshake in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace before Chirac got into his car and was driven out of the palace for the last time.
In the symbolic handover ceremony, the 74-year-old Chirac passed on the launch codes to France's nuclear arsenal and briefed his successor on current agenda items.
Later the new president was to rekindle the flame on the tomb of the unknown soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe and lay a wreath at a statue of General Charles de Gaulle, France's post-war leader.
He will then fly to Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the future of the European Union will be the main issue for discussion.
A former interior minister and head of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), Sarkozy was elected president on a promise of radical economic and social change, easily beating the Socialist Segolene Royal.
This is great news. May God guide him down the bumpy road that he has taken.
“... right-wing reforms ... hard work, individual responsibility and respect for Frances national values.”
Sheesh... I get so tired of the press saying that Sarkozy is “right wing” when he is so left of center... just because he’s not committed to the hard-left socialist system presently installed in so much of Old Europe.
He looks like an alien.
Chirac and his political influence in France lasted WAY too long...
I imagine they learned that they could work forty hours or they could work sixty hours or they could work twenty-eight hours, they were still going to get the same amount of money. Now they may have latched on to the radical idea that if they work more hours they can make more money... c’est terrible! Qui mettent une idee comme ca en leurs tetes?
Good looking family.
I sincerely hope this begins a new era in our relationship with France. If it doesn’t, France will continue its plunge into the abyss of history.
And that's what I'm getting from all the candidates here in the US. SSDD. Even Romney promising to "bring change" to Washington is the same old tired political rhetoric.
just in case everyone forgot.
You don't hear that too much over here any more. Mostly you hear that "diversity is our strength." I will say though, that we in the Conservative movement have come a long way in making 'multiculturalism' a dirty word, like we did with liberal before it. The socialosts still believe in it, they just come with other euphemisms for it, i.e. nicer sounding ways of saying it.
Yeah. The last thing in the world you want is an Italian running your government...
Or a Frenchman driving your car...
Thanks for the ping. Good news!
When will Chirac be arrested now that he has lost his immunity? Also, I have this feeling (barring jail) that Chirac will shortly land a job with a Russian energy concern, exactly like Schroeder did after he left office. Chirac, Schroeder and Putin did everything they could to screw Bush and the USA, but now the little dictator in Moscow has lost all his buddies, who ironically have been replaced by pro-American leaders.
The big question is will the socialists go quietly, or will they forge an alliance with Islam.
Germany and France are starting to turn conservative. Where will the Anti-American libs turn to now?
I’m surprised his first order wasn’t to surrender... hope he does what he’s promised.
Sheesh... I get so tired of the press saying that Sarkozy is right wing when he is so left of center... just because hes not committed to the hard-left socialist system presently installed in so much of Old Europe.
Sarkozy would surely be classified on the left in the USA.
He’s still a interventionnist on economy and not always conservative for social issues.
Now prosecute Chirac for Rwanda’s genocide.
He gets it. He’s not the next Thatcher, but he’s the next anti-Soros.
I am quite sure that overcomed socialist attitudes will be erasured trough the hard reality in Europe. No matter if we talk about Sweden, Germany, France, Poland or whatever.
That is why I was so impressed when Sarkozy said: The friendship between Europe and the United States is a cornerstone of world stability, period.
Unlike so many others, he gets it. With the big three European powers not being antagonistic against the US, Europe is going to become a major player in world security.