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Trying to recreate the excitement of his victorious 2007 campaign, Mr. Sarkozy gathered his cabinet; his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy; the former prime minister Édouard Balladur; Bernadette Chirac, a politician and the wife of former President Jacques Chirac; and even the actor Gérard Depardieu to hear him threaten to pull France out of the European Union’s visa-free Schengen agreement unless Europe provides better protection from illegal immigration.
He is also appealing to basic French values and is adopting the tone of a former
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he spoke with vaguely Nixonian references, calling his supporters “the silent majority” and condemning “intellectuals” who “sit around talking.” The Socialist Party is thought to have a larger share of intellectual support than Mr. Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement.
although his knowledge of
political history may be a big vague, since Richard Nixon is usually not the ‘go to’ politician that comes to mind when one is looking for a model of success. U. S.
The race is not real close at this point, Mr. Hollande has a 10 point lead in a face to face match up, but that contest is two months away, and the support for an inexperienced Socialist even in
is not all that deep France
While Mr. Sarkozy has crept closer to the Socialist Party candidate, François Hollande, in opinion polls for the first round of voting, he remains more than 10 percentage points behind Mr. Hollande in a projected runoff between the two men. The French in general are tired of Mr. Sarkozy and anxious about the economy and the high rate of unemployment, the highest here in 12 years. But they are not passionate about Mr. Hollande either, so Mr. Sarkozy and his aides believe they have a chance to win by citing Mr. Sarkozy’s experience, decisiveness and leadership.
And unlike both Mr. Romney and Mr. Nixon, Mr. Sarkozy actually seems to have a little bit of humility
In an effort to consolidate his wavering supporters for the first round of voting on April 22, Mr. Sarkozy, who has mixed apologies for his mistakes of tone and style with an aggressive turn to the right, promised again that he had “changed” and said that “I have learned” from his errors and challenges.
And to outsiders he does seem successful in forging an alliance with
with respect to European economic policy, and a Franco-German alliance is almost historical in the fact that it even exists at all. Germany
So until Republicans get around to acknowledging the obvious, that Mr. Romney will be the nominee, if anyone needs a political fix they can start following their favorite French candidate in the April first round, where the French political equivalent of Iona and Western Kentucky gets to play. And with the NCAA basketball tournament over by then, it’s the perfect opportunity for that next office pool.