Sunday, May 06, 2007

France Goes Right

French Presidential Candidate Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy is taking over the Elysee Palace on May 16 or 17 when President Chirac leaves after 12 years in power.

Sarkozy’s victory will signal a new balance of powers in Europe and worldwide. Following the war on Iraq, most of the European governments that took over were leftists or center left as the case with Spain and Italy. Sarkozy who made it clear that he is against the war on Iraq, is a right wing pro-American French politician however. Sarkozy's victory in a world charged against right wing governments that supported the war in Iraq, says something about France’s domestic affairs and the French people’s new orientation.

In his victory speech, he addressed the United States and the American people acknowledging the importance of America and its role. The White House’s spokesman congratulated the new French president on behalf of President Bush.

If the socialist leftist candidate Segolene Royal have won that would have put France in a very awkward position. Chavez’s bloc might have been a first resort for Royal, something would have soured France’s relations not only with the US but with the entire EU bloc and would add the French people frustration.

I remember a conversation with a French colleague who is a very Pro-American. She expressed her anger and disappointment at the politically-encouraged anti-American sentiments in France. She was not happy about it at all and she said that this is affecting our country economically and taking us down. Like-minded people as my friend who voted for Sarkozy will take France to a new juncture politically.

Germany, the EU current president, and France will bring a new political power to the European Union that could push for the ratification of the EU constitution that did not pass when Europe voted against it in 2005.

May 16, 2007 is bringing a new France to the world. France may not change radically its policies towards the Middle East to which it has been a friend all the past decades but France’s new political alliances will definitely affect the region indirectly. Arabs who shared with France their anti-American sentiments will no more find this resort.


At 12:49 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I'm glad to see somebody is excited that Sarkosy may be a friend and ally to the US. I think that may be expecting too much, as Jaques Chiraq was also considered "right wing" in France. Also, I think it may be too late to do anything about relations between the US and France except on a superficial level. We *really* don't acre for the French, anymore, and I get the distinct impression the feeling is mutual. It takes a lot longer to establish good-will than it takes to lose it.

At 2:55 AM, Blogger Freedom For Egyptians said...

Those are only speculations, but who knows what will really happen. France is so unpredictable and whenever one expects that it takes certain position or stance, it usually does not. But this guy was declared "pro-American", let's see the French definition for the word!

At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Eva, Canada said...

I don't doubt Sarkozy's sincerity and I appreciate his clearly defined goals. Whether he will be given enough room to act depends on the legislative elections that will follow soon.

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At 11:10 AM, Blogger NOMAD said...

there were no such anti-americanism in France as depicted in american msm since 2003 ; but in contrary there were more anti-frenchism in US than anti-any other population : seems that our insolent way of expression is not well admited across the pond ;

anyway, business is still going on : american army buy our technology, private enterprises too, etc...

and Sarko will not change 60 years of arab politic, he knows perfectly where are his priorities ; big US, wants some cream on their back, then Sarko will give all they need :lol:


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