The French Presedential Elections

  zzzz999 06:43 AM 07 May 12
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Amazing scenes coming from France.

But is this the cat amongst the pigeons or a fresh new start and way of thinking Europe needs?

  Aitchbee 06:56 AM 07 May 12

Vive La Differance! The French people want a change and who could blame them?

  morddwyd 08:39 AM 07 May 12

Interesting times.

Regardless of our own feelings, and general Franco-phobia, The French President is important to Europe and therefore to us.

Although he has already telephoned him, Cameron has subbed him in the past

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107636/David-Cameron-snub-Nicolas-Sarkozys-main-rival-arrives-London.html

That could cost him (and us) dear.

I personally thought Sarkozy was one of the ablest politicians in Europe, and the best one France has produced since Le Grand Charles.

  rickf 09:09 AM 07 May 12

It's a breadth of fresh air and a new approach hopefully. I think Europe is about to change, hopefully. The French have always been more politically minded than us and is to be admired for that. Hollande has attracted a lot of the young looking for a better and fairer future. I wish him and the French well and of course it'll affect us here in the UK.

  john bunyan 10:56 AM 07 May 12

"The worry has to be what will happen with a leader with no previous ministerial experience who is long on policy but short on pragmatism."

Has a familiar ring in UK (Applies to both parties.)

  spider9 10:57 AM 07 May 12

"The worry has to be what will happen with a leader with no previous ministerial experience who is long on policy but short on pragmatism."

Completely agree, and he will find it not too easy to follow all his own ideas for growth when he will need to keep one eye on the 'finance marketmen', lurking on his shoulder.

He may also hope to 'bend' Merkel, but I think she may be a match for him!

  Aitchbee 11:20 AM 07 May 12

I heard the new French President, Francois Hollande, speak on the radio today, ... he has got a very good command of the English language ... that must make him an anglophile, surely?

  john bunyan 11:51 AM 07 May 12

"he has got a very good command of the English language ... that must make him an anglophile, surely?"

So has Robert Mugabe

  sunnystaines 12:47 PM 07 May 12

could france now have their own obarma or brown?

  morddwyd 12:56 PM 07 May 12

"She, after all, more or less campaigned for Sarkozy."

Yes but she didn't refuse to meet him (Hollande) when he was a guest in her country.

  rickf 15:10 PM 07 May 12

Well, Obama has been consistently blocked by Congress with a Republican majority. That's one of the main reason he has not been able to implement some of his policies and compromising on others,a bit like our coalition really.

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