Monday, May 07, 2007

On Sarkozy

Sunday's French presidential election gave the side of the angels some good news for the first time in a while. With massive turnout (84%) centre right candidate Nicolas Sarkozy beat statist Socialist Segolene Royal 53-47 which election observers are calling a significant mandate.

It's interesting that Sarkozy, the 'conservative' in this election has a pretty radical platform based more on free markets and law and order the value of which has eluded most French politicians though the citizenry appear to have seen the light. What's most important though is that Sarkozy is an ATLANTICIST and his ascension to the Presidency will mean better relations between Washington and Paris and will be the wind that dissipates the rancid anti-American sentiment promulgated by Chirac.

Looking at excerpts of his acceptance speech one must take a liking to the following:

"I want to launch an appeal to our American friends to tell them that they can count on our friendship in the tragedies of history, which we have faced together. I want to tell them that France will always be by their side when they will need her."

I'd like to think that Sarkozy sees the mortal threat to the West from Islamofascism. For the President of France this is (as our English friends would say) a result. That he followed this comment with a bit of a platitude on global warming I'll happily overlook for now.

A few other excerpts worth noting:

"To all those who are persecuted by tyranny and dictatorship, to all children around the world, to all women ill-treated in the world, I want to say that the pride and the duty of France will be to be on their side."

"France will be on the side of those Libyan nurses, locked up for eight years."

"France will not abandon Ingrid Betancourt."

"France will not abandon women forced to wear the burka."

With the still rising tide of socialism and anti-Americanism in Latin America, aided and abetted by the detestable Chavez, it seems that perhaps Europe with Merkel in Berlin and now Sarkozy in Paris actually have begun to see the light.

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