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Old 03-04-2007, 10:52 AM
 
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I have been trying to follow the presidential election campaign in France and it seems that it is too close to call. What appeared to be a race between Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party candidate Madame Sego Royal is now a 3 way race.

Many French voters say they want Margaret Thatcher type forced 'change' but will real change come from any of the present candidates if elected president? I doubt it. Maybe the French just want to elect an inferior candidate who cannot bring about any positive changes so the French can continue to complain, moan and groan, protest, demonstrate, strike and revolt against the Establishment.

unemployment continues to run high in France, the planemaker Airbus is in financial difficulty, young educated French minds have been fleeing to England and other countries for better opportunities, welfare spending is high, government is wasteful and the list of woes continue.

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Old 03-04-2007, 12:44 PM
 
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I have been trying to follow the presidential election campaign in France and it seems that it is too close to call. What appeared to be a race between Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party candidate Madame Sego Royal is now a 3 way race.

Many French voters say they want Margaret Thatcher type forced 'change' but will real change come from any of the present candidates if elected president? I doubt it. Maybe the French just want to elect an inferior candidate who cannot bring about any positive changes so the French can continue to complain, moan and groan, protest, demonstrate, strike and revolt against the Establishment.

unemployment continues to run high in France, the planemaker Airbus is in financial difficulty, young educated French minds have been fleeing to England and other countries for better opportunities, welfare spending is high, government is wasteful and the list of woes continue.
But they sure are good in the kitchen! Not to mention their skill with wine.
Actually, I have followed this a little bit myself.
I guess it depends on what "positive change" is.
Sarkozy does not especially appeal to me, but I think he is slightly ahead in the polls right now. They have several more weeks before the election.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:09 PM
 
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Surprisingly, Nicolas Sarkozy normally doesn't even drink alcohol including French wine. That is soooooo unFrench. I would suspect that French wine growers won't be voting for him. I don't know what Sego Royal's consumption rate is. Maybe she drinks a lot of wine and that helps to cause her to make major gaffes in her speeches. The 3rd guy Bayrou (sp?) has a poor farming background and he probably likes his wine.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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I am French, and this year I will be able to vote for the first time, I have been following the debates and everything.

I think the best option for France is Nicolas Sarkozy. Electing Segolène Royal would be a mistake because the views she defends are just not right for France, these views brought France to what it is today: in assistance. Employment has to be the key issue in the future and making people work less is just not an option if France wants to move on. I really think election S.Royal would be the biggest mistake. People should be encouraged to work more to earn more and putting the SMIC at 1500euros would have a disastrous effect on the economy ( even if she claims it will go slowly in 5years). Furthermore at the moment the Nuclear Energy topic is very popular, and I think that trying to stop the nuclear is a huge mistake because France is a leader in this field and when 20% of France energy is produced by these plants. Talking about this, Mr Claude Allègre who was the Education Minister during Lionel Jospin's government and who teached at Harvard is opposed to Segolène royal on that matter and he declared he won't vote for her.
Also on Employment, hearing Royal with the "35h" on France 3 the other night, I really think it would be a mistake to vote for her.

Now François Bayrou, who has never seen so much support in his life (usually turns at 4%) is coming with a "new view", He claims to be fed up with the "Droite/Gauche" and wants to reunite the both into a strong government. He hasn't got a "real program" and I don't think his "dream" can come true after years of "battle" between both sides, I think its a not lasting moment, he s popular for the moment but I don't think it will last (hope not). And with his farmer look when he owns a horsing race establishment is funny.

Nicolas Sarkozy has a better view on France's place in the world, and he wants to bring the value of employment back, thats a good thing. People that are lazy and not working but living correctly on the working people is not tolerable.
There is so much things to say on his program, especially in education and economics but I'd go on and on...

PS: I think its not tolerable that Segolène Royal talks about the dialogue between employers/employees when she ectually refused to meet the representatives of the MEDEF.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:12 PM
 
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I think you picked the right candidate to win for France Vive la France!!!

P.S. I don't think LePen will see a second round this time and I definitely don't think a Jose Bove can make it either.
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Old 04-28-2007, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Aix en Provence, France
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Sarkozy is the only choice for France to recapture what it has lost in the last decade and to re-establish it's influence in the world. He is also very pro-US and believes in re-affirming ties with the US. Something that will serve both countries well.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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It appears that Sego Royal is playing the anti-American card in order to try to win the election. If she wins, it will be a disaster for France and the French.
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Old 04-29-2007, 01:40 PM
 
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Yes and the problem is that anti-American is really present in France : Thank you Mr.BUSH ! ( nah I'm just joking )
The surveys show that Sarkozy wins by 53 % to 47 %, so it is a good thing, but at the moment Royal is doing who-knows-what with Mr. Bayrou to try and bring voters to her.
What will be interesting is the debate between them on the 2nd of May ! it will be I think decisive for some voters. My opinion is that Royal is going to struggle against Sarkozy during that debate.

Anyway the French people are not stupid and I think Sarkozy will become the next President if not, WE ARE DOOMED ! ( I really mean it )
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