Skip to comments.Hollande Wins French Presidency, Promising ‘New Hope for the World’
Posted on 05/06/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
French President Nicholas Sarkozy conceded defeat today in the presidential elections to Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, making him the first incumbent president to lose an election in France since 1981.
Hollande, who was leading 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent in the exit polls, will be Frances first socialist president since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.
Ive tried to do my best to protect the French people from the unprecedented crisis that has shaken the world, said Sarkozy, whose defeat makes him the eighth leader of a Eurozone country to be replaced or swept from office in just over a year.
But Hollandes victory was a clear rejection of Sarkozys attempts to get the debt crisis under control through an austerity program.
Austerity can no longer be the only option for Europe, Hollande said today in his acceptance speech in reference to Sarkozys policies to cut government spending.
Under Sarkozy, Frances unemployment rate rose to 10 percent. Hollande wants to put France on a different economic track, promising to raise taxes on Frances wealthiest and stimulate economic growth. During his campaign, Hollande promised to deliver more jobs for policemen and 60,000 jobs in the education sector without increasing Frances total number of civil servants.
May 6 gave us a new start for Europe, a new hope for the world, Hollande said today in his acceptance speech.
Hollande used one of President Obamas favorite campaign terms several times in his speech, noting that change is a heavy mandate, but it is his mission and duty.
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did he promise to fix the ocean, too? the damn thing started leaking oil after the last guy that tried that.
During his campaign, Hollande promised to deliver more jobs for policemen and 60,000 jobs in the education sector without increasing Frances total number of civil servants.
Good trick, hows he do it?
People get what they deserve. I have no sympathy for people who just want quick fixes and free stuff.
I pity the French, We were promised this in 2008 and look what happened. Some just do not learn by example.
For the French, no matter who wins the election, the country loses.
At least Sarkozy had guts, unlike his predecessors and his successor (socialists don’t have guts; they have quiche!)
Can the next war in Europe be far off?
Obama’s new campaign slogan, “New Hope for old.”
Get ya New Hope here, revised formula, newer,
better, More Hope for your money.”
New Hope? Why, did the old hope not work out?
New hope for the world?
Wow ain’t he grandiose. More like he will turn France into a laughingstock. Dope for the world! Rope for the world! Mope for the world! (Any more?)
Give us all a break.
Hollande: promising to raise taxes on Frances wealthiest and stimulate economic growth.
Where have we heard that before? France and Europe is in real trouble.
What war. France will hoist the white flag, it’ll become Europestan, and all will live happily ever after (because those who won’t, will be beheaded).
For the French people, that translates to “Abandon all hope”...
They’ll be wishing they could bring back Le Pen. Well no, actually they won’t...
Taupe for the world...
France’s rich will all go to Canada.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama
France’s rich will all go to Canada.
unless we can coax them down to Louisiana with the Cajuns
The last socialist President of France was largely responsible for the Rwandan Holocaust.
Mr. Hollande’s “Hopus”
Austerity can no longer be the only option for Europe,
They thought the half-hearted austerity Sarkozy proposed was tough? Wait until they see the austerity the Socialists bring France.