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Financial Times article

Today's Financial Times had a lengthy analytical piece on French president-elect Sarkozy. I meant to just post a link to the newspaper here, and put the actual article behind a cut in the sarko_le_grand lj. Unfortunately, when I tested the link, it didn't let you see the whole article unless you're a Financial Times subscriber.

So ... here's the link to the post instead: http://sarko-le-grand.livejournal.com/5026.html. The Sarkozy-haters on my flist should know the article isn't entirely flattering; there are things that will probably make you laugh. On the other hand, the sole (so far as I know) French supporter of Sarkozy has the last laugh, because whether or not he's ungainly, and whether or not his marriage is in trouble, at the end of the day he's still going to be the one in the Elysée.

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babycakesin
May. 16th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Today is his Big Day, and I hate to admit it but... it was kind of fun watching a new president come into office - when Chirac was first elected, I just didn't care.

I don't hate him, I'm just... a bit scared. Honestly? I don't think Segolene Royal would have made a good president. And Sarko's presidency... well, it can't be worse than what I'm imagining, so we'll see. I can't wait to see who he's going to pick in his government (even though I'm rather concerned that he's going to pick some left-wing ministers until the legislative elections, but we'll see).
aswanargent
May. 16th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
It's going to be interesting to see what happens. From what I read, the UMP is already grumbling because he wants to offer positions in his government to the PS, and then on the other hand you have Ségolène practically threatening excommunication to any PS member who joins him. So stalemate and business as usual, I suppose.
babycakesin
May. 16th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
So stalemate and business as usual, I suppose.
lol - quite right, and very nicely said *g*

My feelings are mixed regarding the selection for the governement: I feel that it's unfair for his early followers not to be rewarded (because I feel sorry for people really easily), I feel like it takes guts to wish to take the best person suited for the job regardless of his political background, but part of me can't stop thinking that it's just a big show for the legislatives. As my mom noticed earlier tonight: if he gets rid of the left-wing ministers, it will be too obvious, and he's too smart for that (no, she didn't vote for him either).

I've just heard that he's going to ask his governement to get some results, otherwise they will lose their job in the governement - if he does it, it should be interesting...

Yes, it's going to be interesting to follow the beginning of his presidency (just announce it already! Friday is too far away! come on - I wanna know! *pouts*)

ps: I just love reading worldaffairs - honestly, it's so fun to follow the parallel! I don't always comment, but I really do *g*
aswanargent
May. 18th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
Are you also reading all the character ljs? That's where most of the activity is going on right now. :-)
babycakesin
May. 18th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
I friended most of them, so yes *g*
aswanargent
May. 18th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Given any more thought to coming in as a player yourself?
babycakesin
May. 18th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was about to answer that I had participated in an RPG before and hadn't liked it, but considering the recent event in France... I'm beginning to think it might be therapeutical lol I'll think about it some more this weekend, I promise *g*
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