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    Question France elects conservative Nicolas Sarkozy!!!!

    Nicolas Sarkozy elected French president
    Socialist Royal concedes; U.S. 'can count on our friendship,' new leader says


    MSNBC News Services
    Updated: 32 minutes ago
    PARIS - French voters chose Nicolas Sarkozy as their new president on Sunday, giving the conservative a mandate for change. His Socialist opponent conceded minutes after polls closed.

    With nearly 70 percent of ballots counted, Sarkozy had just over 53 percent of the vote, according to the Interior Ministry.

    The results dashed Socialist Segolene Royal's hopes of being elected France's first woman president. The projections were based on vote counts from representative samples of hundreds of polling stations across the country.

    "Universal suffrage has spoken. I wish the next president of the Republic the best in accomplishing his mission in the service of all the French people," Royal told supporters in Paris.


    Washington can “count on our friendship,” Sarkozy told hundreds of cheering supporters, though he added that “friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions.”

    Sarkozy’s election could help restart the process of finding a way forward on reviving the European Union constitution, which has been held up as Europe awaited the results of the French election.

    In remarks just after his election, Sarkozy said: “France is back in Europe.”

    U.S. hails Sarkozy election
    President Bush swiftly phoned the new president-elect to offer congratulations.

    “The United States and France are historic allies and partners. President Bush looks forward to working with President-elect Sarkozy as we continue our strong alliance,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

    Largely untested on the global stage, Sarkozy delved into foreign policy in his first speech as president-elect, urging the United States to take the lead on climate change and saying the issue would be a priority for France.

    “The people of France have chosen change,” Sarkozy said, while pledging to be “president of all the French.”

    Voter turnout was projected at 85 percent — a level not seen in 40 years — thanks to the dynamism of both candidates and the high stakes for a nation losing global clout to neighbors Britain and German and even developing countries like China and India.

    “I gave it all my efforts, and will continue,” Royal told supporters as she conceded defeat. “Something has risen up that will not stop.”

    Sarkozy — a charismatic but divisive figure known for uncompromising, even brutal language — inherits from Jacques Chirac stagnant wages, a lagging economy and frustration in impoverished, immigrant-heavy suburbs.



    While exuberant Sarkozy supporters partied in central Paris, police quietly looked out for possible unrest in suburbs where Sarkozy is unpopular and riots broke out in 2005.

    Clashes in Bastille Square
    Indeed, within hours of Sarkozy's victory, youths clashed with police in Paris's Bastille Square and security forces fired tear gas at a crowd of several hundred protesters.

    Dozens of youths threw bottles, stones and other missiles at police who responded with repeated rounds of tear gas and at least one burst of water cannon in the square, which is associated with leftist protests.

    Demonstrators chanted "police everywhere, justice nowhere!"

    One scooter was set on fire.


    The protesters did not appear to belong to any single group that could be identified. One carried a black anarchist flag.

    The defeated Socialists portrayed Sarkozy as a danger for France during the election campaign, saying he was authoritarian and likely to exacerbate tensions in the poor, multi-racial suburbs that ring many cities.

    Thousands of extra police have been drafted in to patrol sensitive areas on Sunday and a Reuters correspondent in the southeastern city of Lyon reported clashes between police and leftist sympathizers earlier in the evening.


    New leader will face down tradition


    Sarkozy — for whom the presidency has been a near-lifelong quest — is also certain to face resistance to his plans to make the French work more and make it easier for companies to hire and fire.

    Sarkozy, 52, says France’s 35-hour work week is absurd, and as interior minister, cracked down on drunk driving, crime and illegal immigration.

    He is an admirer of the United States who has borrowed from some American policy ideas. Tough-talking and blunt, he alienated many in France’s housing projects when he called young delinquents “scum.”


    At a polling station near Paris’ Champs-Elysees, Anne Combemale said she voted for Sarkozy because of his market-oriented economic platform.

    “He has the willpower to change France,” said Combemale, 43, who is unemployed.

    TGV-speed first 100 days promised
    Sarkozy has drawn up a whirlwind program for his first 100 days in office and plans to put big reforms before parliament at a special session in July: One bill would make overtime pay tax-free to encourage people to work more, and another would put in place tougher sentencing for repeat offenders. Web extra video




    Royal, 53, is a former environment minister who believes France must keep its welfare protections strong. She wanted to raise the minimum wage, create 500,000 state-funded starter jobs for youths and build 120,000 subsidized housing units a year.

    Bechir Chakroun, a 26-year-old who works in marketing, said he liked Royal’s commitment to helping the poor.

    “She represents change, I want to see what a woman can do,” he said.

    3 straight Socialist defeats
    Royal was strong on the environment and schools but made a series of foreign policy gaffes — suggesting, for instance, that the Canadian province of Quebec deserved independence. During the campaign, Sarkozy’s camp portrayed Royal as a lightweight with unclear ideas, while hers painted him as brutal, a bully — once Royal even called Sarkozy the “bogeyman.”

    Royal’s loss marked the Socialists’ third straight defeat in presidential elections. The party managed to glue itself back together after splitting in two over the 2005 referendum on the proposed European constitution, when many of its leaders broke from the party line to urge the French to vote it down.

    The rise of centrist candidate Francois Bayrou — who had a strong third-place showing in the first-round vote on April 22, though he was eliminated — suggests the Socialists will need soul-searching about whether to move toward the center like other leftist parties around Europe, or stick to their traditional alliances with the far-left.

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    Why are the bits related to the U.S in bold type?

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    I bolded them just for the hell of it.... I guess to provide ammo for someone to use the article to launch an attack on the US(stick around and you will see what I mean)
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    American imperialism scumsuckers

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    Yes the US will still view the French with distaste..and they will eye us with suspicion. Where is Alice on this? A chance to snark on the French and Alice is awol!


    This topic will be all but forgotten by the time Hillary is prez anyway!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    People are stupid all over the world.
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    sarko sucks monkey balls... i hate this shameless fame-whore arriviste little troll.
    vive la france socialiste!!!!!
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    You crack me up, sputnik!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    I bolded them just for the hell of it.... I guess to provide ammo for someone to use the article to launch an attack on the US(stick around and you will see what I mean)
    Well, I don't care about the U.S. right now, if you see what I mean...

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    Well, I was glad the socialist woman didn't win, so sue me.

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    Who gives a fuck? They are screwed no matter what anyways. Just like everybody else.

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    I'd rather the responsible socialist than some neocon ass-sucker.
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    You have a point here, Grimmlok.

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