The French Election
On Sunday French voters will go to the polls and select a new president, choosing between Socialist SégolÃ¨ne Royal and current president Jacques Chirac’s anointed successor, center-right UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy. The two candidates are very different in gender, style, and politics. One of them will become president of France, along with Germany one of the most influential countries in the European Union and a permanent veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council. Judging by the headlines in the online editions of leading U. S. newspapers it might as well not be happening at all.
Currently Sarkozy leads in the polls by something between 5 and 10 points. The campaign is offically over. The voting is on Sunday.
It hardly seems to me that France needs a re-assertion of socialist national economic policy, but, then, I’m not French.
Here’s a quick round-up on the candidates and the election.
Der Spiegel has a round-up on the potential impact of the election on Europe.
‘Aqoul considers the implications of the election for French Middle Eastern and North African policy.
neo-neocon offers reflections on the election from this side of the Pond, comparing and contrasting Mme. Royal with Hillary Clinton.