Sunday 6 May 2012

French Voters Elect François Hollande as Next President

Well here you go, "Socialist François Hollande Wins French Presidential Election":

I'm not so pessimistic on French life chances following the vote. The socialists will just continue to do what France has been doing for decades --- consolidate state power over the individual. The most important implication will be for the EU as a whole. The common European project is in tatters and could very well fall apart if Hollande adopts a nationalist agenda vis-a-vis the EU. That in turn depends on how Germany reacts to the election. It's a Franco-German condominium that holds up the entire European edifice. If Berlin moves to promote more austerity, for the French as well as the EU all together, we can see expect to even more strains on political and monetary union going forward. I'm not so bullish on the EU continuing forward much longer in its current state. There may be some changes, cutting off some of the more peripheral partners for example to save the core members of the union.
More video at the link.

A downside might be that Sarkozy's smokin' hot model wife won't be in the French media limelight after this.

Expect updates...

1 comment:

PacRim Jim said...

Socialist have a long history of assisting countries in the transition from financial crisis — to utter collapse.