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French Elections: Europe holds its breath


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


Added: May-7-2012 Occurred On: May-7-2012
World News, Politics
Tags: france, elections, french, europe, EU, euro, francois hollande, president, economy
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