As I predicted Nicolas Sarkozy won the election hands down, but I’m dissappointed. While I had strong reservations about the suitability of Mme Royale for the job, I would have preferred to see her have become the next Presidente of France.
While I do not doubt that Sarkozy was most likely the best man for the job, any candidate that is regarded by the US president as an ally has to be something to worry about.
Furthermore, should Sarko succeed in dismantling France’s socialist model, all that is good about France may well disappear, and me along with it. After all, if I had wanted to live in an ultra-capitalist society where money and wealth are worshipped above all else – then I would have stayed in Britain.
Socialism is no bad thing – when it works. But Sarkozy recognised that under it’s current guise it had become a millstone around the neck of the Republic and something had to change in order to create jobs. With 9% of the workforce on the dole, employment was always going to be the key election battleground, but Mme Royale and her socialists could not bring themselves to suggest that anything needed changing; as far as they were concerned, France was on the right track – and a bit of tweaking here and there would solve the country’s problems.
At the end of the day the electorate were not convinced. Mme Royal spent too much time procrastinating about a better future for France, but without actually coming up with any ideas about how to achieve it. Frankly, had she announced a single convincing policy or idea that would clearly have resulted in a shift-change in job creation across France – then she would have won by a clear margin.
I believe France wanted her to win, but style and no substance will only get you so far (take note David Cameron).