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French Elections: Europe holds its breath

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France has voted for change. For only the second time during the Fifth Republic the people have voted to put a socialist in the Elysee Palace. The French left has not won in a quarter of a century.

For Europe too this is a momentous event. For a long time the centre right has held the stage; now a socialist has won and European politics will feel the shudder.

Francois Hollande ran a shrewd campaign. He detected weariness with the high-octane presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy. He made a virtue out of being ordinary. He portrayed himself as a "Mr Normal" - a man to reassure the French public.

During a long campaign, his message was consistent. The economic policies of Nicolas Sarkozy, he said, had failed. Without growth there could be no recovery, he insisted.

With change comes uncertainty both for France and for Europe. Mr Hollande has never held government offi

 
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Added: May-7-2012 Occurred On: May-7-2012
By: MB-UK
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Tags: france, elections, french, europe, EU, euro, francois hollande, president, economy
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  • I like how it's written For only the second time during the Fifth Republic the people have voted for a socialist...

    As there have only been 7 presidents that still makes close to 1/3 of them having been socialists, LOL! And particularly considering that the only 2 not having been re-elected lost it to socialists, re-LOL!!!

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  • Fucking stupid French Fuckwits. Voted against immigration and the EU and then voted in a fucking SOCIALIST political member. !!!!!

    Bail yourselves out, and start paddling NOW.

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  • The floodgates of Armageddon are straining.

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  • It will all end in tears as fucking usual !

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  • Well what we're going to see is the end of the eurozone, which every credible financial analyst said was going to happen. It really doesn't mater who France elected. I feel sorry for the people who got roped into this ridiculous, childish, pseudo utopian scheme.

    Europe is heading towards war again and to spite all the indicators, its people will be just as surprised as the last two times.

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  • Fuck the french

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