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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-06-12 01:47 PM
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Hollande Beats Sarkozy in French Election
By STEVEN ERLANGER and NICOLA CLARK
Published: May 6, 2012

PARIS Franois Hollande swept to victory on Sunday, becoming the first Socialist to become president of France since Franois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

Mr. Hollande campaigned on a kinder, gentler, more inclusive France, but his victory over Nicolas Sarkozy will also be seen as a challenge to the German-dominated policy of economic austerity in the euro zone, which is suffering from recession and record unemployment.

French voters may not like belt-tightening, but both Mr. Hollande and Mr. Sarkozy had promised to balance the budget in the next five years. The vote was viewed domestically as a rejection of the unpopular Mr. Sarkozy himself and his relentless effort to appeal to the voters of the far right National Front. Mr. Sarkozy is the first incumbent president to lose since 1981.

With about half the vote counted, preliminary results released by the Interior Ministry shortly after the last polling stations closed at 8 p.m. showed Mr. Hollande had secured about 51 percent of the vote while Mr. Sarkozy, of the center-right Union for a Popular Movement, won about 49 percent. Opinion pollsters suggested that the final result would be closer to 52 percent versus 48 percent.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/world/europe/hollande...
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-06-12 02:37 PM
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1. Good riddance.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-06-12 05:20 PM
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2. Loved This! ...but, we savvy folks here, know he has a hard road ahead....
but the voice for anti-austerity and the "poke in the eye" to Sarkozy does lead one to believe there MIGHT BE...some CHANGE around the edges and it sends a message the world over.

Bankster Criminals and Globilization without oversight allowed all this misery on the people.

It's time for a Re-Balancing of the Globalists, Free Banksters....against the Common Folk who are supposed to pay for the excesses and lack of regulation and theft of their future by these criminals.

He has a hard road ahead of him. But "IT's WONDERFUL, to SEE THIS!"

:party: :toast: :party: :toast:

It's hopeful in many ways to re-energize the PEOPLE.

Bumpy Ride...but wonderful, at the moment! Greece and others...all throwing the "Punish the Peoople" out on the Rubbish Heap or off to Goldman and JP Morgan. :D
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 04:20 AM
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4. +1 Only the 99% want him to succeed and we have no powerful "megaphones."
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 04:31 AM
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5. Sample headline:
"Au revoir, Sarkozy! Au revoir, austerity! New Euro crisis as French and Greeks reject cuts and vote for return to ruinous spending"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140427/French-...

The only government spending of which the 1% approves is when government spends on the 1%--and lets the 1% get away with not paying taxes.

What would Madame DeFarge knit?

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 09:47 AM
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7. Who was Madame DeFarge?
I've heard the name before...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-12 04:51 AM
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10. Character in Dickens' Tale of Two Cities.
She knit the names of people who were targeted for death at the hands of the French Revolutionaries.

And her husband owned a little wine shop.

What could be more lovable?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 04:18 AM
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3. The 1% and its propaganda arm, the media, are alreading attacking Hollande for all they're worth.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 08:11 AM
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6. The symbolism may be more important than the reality. nt
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 09:48 AM
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8. Eurofriends rejoice... another anti-Semite bites the dust n/t
Edited on Mon May-07-12 09:51 AM by Leopolds Ghost
That is to say Europeans rejoice, not necessarily friends of the Euro. I wonder what will happen to the Euro now... the present economic scheme with the Euro seems set up to benefit the core northern European powers. Isn't it funny how the strength of the American dollar doesn't depend on austerity measures in, say, Alabama?
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 07:58 PM
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9. We print money like no tomorrow...
...and a big part of stimulus was federal aid.

Also, down with anti-Semitism!
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