Tuesday, April 17, 2007

French Elections this Sunday

The Economist calls the election in the race for France's presidency the most significant in the last fifty years. After decades of drift and a stagnant economy, the French are faced with stark choices. Read the link above for an overall view and note that the most recent follow-up has more or less personal attacks on Sarkozy by Segolene Royal, who stresses maternal values, and the obnoxious Le Pen, who notes Sarkozy's "immigrant" [for Le Pen, read part-Jewish] background. So Nanny-State Royal and "Man of the Land" Le Pen bash Sarkozy, who stresses work and traditional values. The scariest bit comes from France's toned-down version of Stasi:
According to a leaked report from the Renseignements Généraux, the domestic intelligence service, the existence of which it later denied, Mr Le Pen could again make it into the second round, against Mr Sarkozy.

And what if Royal and Le Pen reach the final duo? Another Chirac, although this time actually wearing skirts instead of hiding behind them?

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