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France May Have Elected François Hollande, But She Really Needs A Napoleon Bonaparte
Telegraph(UK) ^ | May 06, 2012 | Tim Stanley

Posted on 05/06/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by Steelfish

France May Have Elected François Hollande, But She Really Needs A Napoleon Bonaparte By Tim Stanley May 6th, 2012

Hollande is the latest in a long line of French politicians to exploit the mob. It looks like Socialist François Hollande has won the French presidency. His platform: raise taxes on business to fund a lower retirement age and more spending. Things don’t look good for poor old France. Either Hollande will stick to his promises and ruin the economy or he’ll U-turn and reveal himself to be a reckless opportunist. Whether he's a fool or a knave, this election cycle has exposed just how broken the French political system is.

The kind of economic reforms that are necessary to put the country back to work simply can’t be enacted under the present arrangement. France needs to change. She needs another Napoleon.

Ever since the French Revolution of 1789, the French have struggled to keep a constitution going beyond two or three generations (there’s a reason why la grande dame is on her fifth republic). The cause is the imbalance between “government rooted in law” and the free expression of “mass democracy.” On the one hand, the French revolutionaries wanted to create a government that limited powers and liberated the economy (one of the first things they did was abolish serfdom and end regulation of the grain market). On the other hand, to give the new government legitimacy they acknowledged the political authority of the Parisian mob. What was the point of democracy if children starved? The policies passed by elected delegates had to be rubber-stamped by the sans-culottes.

The result was that within a few years of the revolution, the constitution (by far the most admirably liberal in the world) was suspended and terror was the order of the day.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: eucrisis; francecrisis; franceelection; fransaucehollandaise; hollande; sarkozy

1 posted on 05/06/2012 1:41:40 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

No,France needs a Ronald Reagan.Alas,there are none to be seen.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 1:44:40 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: a casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Steelfish

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17978402


3 posted on 05/06/2012 1:57:01 PM PDT by FoxPro
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To: Gay State Conservative

France elected an Obama Clone. Can you say tailspin!


4 posted on 05/06/2012 1:58:54 PM PDT by Rodm
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To: Steelfish

France is voting for a fairy tale where there is money that can be taxed to pay for them to be lazy.

It would be a good time for French companies to consider exiting and letting those idiots figure out how to pay for their fantasy.


5 posted on 05/06/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: Steelfish

There is nothing like ripping off those who provide jobs for others.

One day they decide to move on or stop the providing.

What will France do then?


6 posted on 05/06/2012 2:00:49 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Steelfish; LucyT; Fred Nerks
Well that's prescient. Nostradamus appears to predict that France will next return to a monarchy headed by Prince Harry as King; and that Harry will be the dominant Western Military leader in a War with the Islamics. (See his letter to the Great Second Henry [secundus; Latin, "favorable"]).

The prophecies of course, generally, reflect a Francocentric bias toward the future.

7 posted on 05/06/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT by David
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To: Steelfish

We will see how the legislative elections go.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Venturer

>>What will France do then?

The same thing the US will do. The entire third world is already socialist/communist. The US is socialist and leaning toward communist. Most of Europe is socialist. The middle east is fascist theocracies. Most of the far east is communist.

The providers have no place left to go. The world is that screwed! When I say “providers”, I am including all productive people and not just business owners. The parasite class at the bottom and the top of the world’s economies have just about defeated the producers/providers.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 2:10:41 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Steelfish

The reality is that the average European voter absolutely refuses to accept “austerity”. Why would they? Bankruptcy is a vague concept to people who have lived with three generations of deficit spending and the faux lifestyle. It is not surprising that they elect politicians who promise to keep spending and provide the goodies. But who will pay? The German are a nation of savers. They absolutely refuse to debase the currency and are reluctant to fund more bailouts. Eventually they will pivot toward the boundless resources and potential of Russia. The EU and euro appear doomed. The IMF and European central banks have already sold most of their gold to fund bailouts. What’s next? The art? Already nervous Europeans are converting their euros and capital into dollar denominated investments. This is good for the dollar and giving at least a temporary capital infusion and boost to the American economy. (lucky Obama). However the greater lesson should be noted. Deficit spending squanders capital and leads to poverty. Americans should be forewarned as things will get ugly in Europe.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 2:12:00 PM PDT by allendale
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To: David

Do you have a link to this prediction?


11 posted on 05/06/2012 2:12:24 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: allendale

Paul Krugman tells CNN that the French elections vindicate his economic views that austerity measures stifle growth and are counterproductive. He believes in more stimulus spending as a prelude to growth. This is the vision that underlies Obama’s “Forward” agenda. The road to serfdom is paved with good intentions.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 2:18:06 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Obamunism is working so well in the USA that France decided to give it a whirl.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 2:24:05 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Please, we are talking about France. ;)


14 posted on 05/06/2012 2:24:27 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Steelfish

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/may/06/greece-elections-results-map?newsfeed=true

Greek results updating as well. Just as important as France i believe.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 2:35:07 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: David
Nostradamus appears to predict that France will next return to a monarchy headed by Prince Harry as King

Wouldn't it be something if Nostradamus was actually referring to Harry Reid?

16 posted on 05/06/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Rodm
>> France elected an Obama Clone. Can you say tailspin! <<

France has always had Obama clones in office. The current one that just got defeated was the guy who begged us elect Obama in the first place and then whined that Obama wasn't liberal enough on global warming. Can you say tailspin?

Obama? He's my pal," president [Sarkozy] told Le Figaro. "Unlike my diplomatic advisers, I never believed in Hillary Clinton's chances. I always said that Obama would be nominated." Sarkozy added that an Obama victory "would validate" his strategy of reconcilation with the United States.

17 posted on 05/06/2012 2:40:17 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: Steelfish

Paul Krugman is preaching to the choir when advising French socialists to spend money they don’t have. They already believe that nonsense. He needs someone to provide the funds. Does anyone really think the Germans will fund European deficit spending? After the election they will tap Obama.Gold will do well.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 2:41:22 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Bryanw92; VanDeKoik

“It would be a good time for French companies to consider exiting and letting those idiots figure out how to pay for their fantasy.”
“The same thing the US will do.”
“The providers have no place left to go. The world is that screwed!”

I recall a book written in the 1980’s called “Hitch hikers Guide to the Galaxy”. Space aliens decided that the Earth was the most useless thing standing in the way of an intergalactic super-highway and sent a demolition crew to blow it up. The rest is future history.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 2:42:29 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Steelfish

Who is Jean Galt ?


20 posted on 05/06/2012 2:53:53 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Venturer

France is committed to stupidity. It will now do Round II.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/15/AR2006071501010.html


21 posted on 05/06/2012 2:54:07 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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To: Steelfish
“Whether he's a fool or a knave, this election cycle has exposed just how broken the French political system is”

Same can be said for the American political system.

Never underestimate the fickle and ignorant entitlement electorate.

22 posted on 05/06/2012 3:00:24 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

France still haunted by Maximilien Robespierre’s mentality.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 3:09:35 PM PDT by hamboy
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To: VanDeKoik

I read where many of the French are considering moving across the channel to the UK. This could create a mass exodus of those about to be slammed and penalized for daring to have and keep the filthy lucre they earned.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 3:09:53 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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To: Sea Parrot; All

I heard that they just lowered the corporate tax rate in the UK..


25 posted on 05/06/2012 3:30:33 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Once again the cheese eating surrender monkeys show how easily they can be taken over by socialists/communists. Hell they even vote for them. I am embarrassed to be 1/4 French.

Maybe the time has come for my idea of combining two products the French desperately need.

Deodorant mixed with SPF 40 so the French won’t stink or get their arm pits sunburned when they surrender.


26 posted on 05/06/2012 3:30:54 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: David

That’s interesting. I hope he got that one right!


27 posted on 05/06/2012 3:48:19 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: Steelfish

What a pitiful place France is, check that the whole European Continent is pathetic. And still a large portion of Americans look at Europe with envy. What a joke!!!!!


28 posted on 05/06/2012 5:01:54 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: Steelfish

What a pitiful place France is, check that the whole European Continent is pathetic. And still a large portion of Americans look at Europe with envy. What a joke!!!!!


29 posted on 05/06/2012 5:02:15 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: jazzo
And still a large portion of Americans (the RATs) look at Europe with envy.
30 posted on 05/06/2012 5:05:30 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Unfortunately, it may be the “Rats” that are Euro cheerleaders, however there are many non-Rats that “walk the walk”. Euro-envy is much more insidious, in the US.
31 posted on 05/06/2012 8:43:28 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: Steelfish
Snatching defeat from the hands of victory - it's a French tradition.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 12:06:26 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Steelfish

Vive le chomage!


33 posted on 05/07/2012 12:09:04 AM PDT by Yaelle
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