Monday, May 07, 2007


Hell = frozen

France = Conservative President?

You heard me right. The French Conservative defeated the Socialist candidate to replace ol' Jaques Chirac:

PARIS -- Nicolas Sarkozy, an enthusiastic friend of the United States, was elected president of France by a comfortable margin yesterday and signaled at once that his victory would mean friendly relations with Washington.
    His Socialist Party opponent, Segolene Royal, conceded defeat for her hopes of becoming France's first female president. With nearly 70 percent of ballots counted, Mr. Sarkozy had won just over 53 percent of the vote, according to the Interior Ministry.
    Mr. Sarkozy said he wants to "tell American friends that they can rely on our friendship. France will always be next to them when they need us." Friendship, he said, "means accepting that friends can have different opinions," but in his campaign he was enthusiastic in his praise for what he called "the world's greatest democracy."

I'm stunned. Literally I have no idea what to make of this. My first thought is that it will seriously hamper my French bashing jokes.

But obviously I'm happy that the socialist was defeated. And I wish Sarkozy all the best. I'll have more thoughts later when I find out more about the situation.

Link to Sarkozy wins French election - World - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper