Au revoir Nicholas, beinvenue Francois!


I went out this morning to see if I could find any evidence of the Presidential election that took place here in France yesterday.  If there was a party, today all of the evidence has been removed.  Now the world is watching to see what Francois Hollande will do next and everyone wishes him well.

I feel a cliche coming on: “I feel the hand of history is on our shoulders” lets hope our French friends are not disappointed this time.  I don’t think I would be over exaggerating to say that Nicholas Sarkozy was a very devisive president that split opinion in France.  The photograph above tells the story.  Some would say that in order to hang onto power he appealed to the far right and played the anti-islam card as well as stirring up sentiment against immigrants.  I wonder what he will do now?

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2 Responses to Au revoir Nicholas, beinvenue Francois!

  1. I stayed only in the Montparnasse area and honestly if I didn’t already know that the elections were taking place on last Sunday I wouldn’t have noticed. I was expecting the city to be covered with posters but I didn’t see any and only got to know the result because of a group discussing it on the train on my way to the airport. Now, I also wish them good luck with this one, they all look promising at the beginning but we all have been there SO many times!

    • Hi Yiann,
      Thanks for your comment, use it was very civilised. In Ireland things reach fever pitch just before an election. In a good way that is, there is always lots of coverage, posters everywhere, candidates knocking at the door and out kissing babies. Here they restrict the posters to outside the polling station, yet they participate all the same. It seems like a great idea to me. Very civilised.

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