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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Interesting read on French politics

Few might care, but France is holding a presidential election next week and the results might have an impact on our side of the Atlantic:
On April 22, 2007, the first of two likely rounds of presidential elections is to take place in France. Legislative elections would follow in June. The winner of the presidential elections will have a five-year term.

Since 1981, France has had only two presidents. There is a sense of malaise in the country, in part due to high unemployment and slow economic growth. The current elections could bring to power a younger generation of leaders. The two principal candidates are the Gaullist Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Socialist Segolene Royal. They present themselves as outsiders, prepared to bring fresh life to French democracy. A third candidate, in a field of 12, is Fran├žois Bayrou, a center-right party leader. Trailing Bayrou is the racist and anti-immigrant candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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