Sunday, April 22, 2007

Ségolène Royal Goes to the Mat


First round of the presidential elections in France today. Regardless of who becomes the next president, another major cycle begins with this election -- generational change. If Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal wins enough votes today and on May 6, the French will beat the USA in having a woman president. Both election days fall on a Sunday -- now there's separation of church and state.
Vive la France!

5 comments:

Talleyrand said...

Oui, mais vous etes un Statue de la Liberte!

Danny Tagalog said...

Would be nice, but wary of the surname. Viva la France indeed!

Le Proletariat Prat

JR's Thumbprints said...

Times are a changin'. My thought here in the U.S., anybody's an improvement over the Shrub.

Johnny Yen said...

Interesting election coming up. Royal, from a French military family, was born in Senegal and is a socialist. Sarkozy, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, is a conservative.

From what I'm reading, Sarkozy is projected to win the runoff. Yesterday's New York Times Op-Ed page had an interesting piece by Tony Judt, author of "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945." He clearly has serious reservations about Sarkozy, and feels that none of the candidates understand the realities of modern France.

t said...

"He clearly has serious reservations about Sarkozy, and feels that none of the candidates understand the realities of modern France."
Funny, I haven't followed any of these elections, but I gathered as much. On the other hand, I heard de Villepin on CSPAN, he was giving a talk at Georgetown, and I fell in love with the guy and how he seemed to understand not just the realities, but a vision, of modern life.