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Socialist François Hollande Wins French Presidency

3:14 pm - 05/06/2012

Socialist François Hollande has been elected as France's new president.

He got about 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off, according to early projections, against 48% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr Sarkozy has admitted defeat, saying: "François Hollande is the president of France and he must be respected."

Analysts say the vote has wide implications for the whole eurozone. Mr Hollande has vowed to rework a deal on government debt in member countries.

Exuberant Hollande supporters have already converged on Place de la Bastille in Paris - a traditional rallying point of the Left - to celebrate.

Nicolas Sarkozy says François Hollande must be respected as the new president
Mr Hollande capitalised on France's economic woes and President Sarkozy's unpopularity.

The socialist candidate has promised to raise taxes on big corporations and people earning more than 1m euros a year.

He wants to raise the minimum wage, hire 60,000 more teachers and lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 for some workers.

Mr Hollande has also called for a renegotiation of a hard-won European treaty on budget discipline championed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr Sarkozy.

In his concession speech, Mr Sarkozy told stunned supporters that he was "taking responsibility for defeat".

Hinting about future, he said: "My place will no longer be the same. My involvement in the life of my country will now be different."

During the campaign, he said he would leave politics if he lost the election.

Mr Sarkozy, who has been in office since 2007, had promised to reduce France's large budget deficit through spending cuts.

It is only the second time an incumbent president has failed to win re-election since the start of France's Fifth Republic in 1958.

The last was Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who lost to socialist François Mitterrand in 1981. Mr Mitterrand had two terms in office until 1995.

The new president is expected to be inaugurated later this month.

A parliamentary election is due in June.

benihime99 6th-May-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
against 48% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
Center-right? This is a joke right?
the_gabih 6th-May-2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming it's in comparison with the FN.
benihime99 6th-May-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
FN is "extrême droite" (far-right ) he's "droite" (right)
the_gabih 6th-May-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know that much. I'm just saying, of all the major candidates, he's closest to the centre-right position.
benihime99 6th-May-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand why BBC isn't calling a cat a cat.
He's right, he's calling himself right, so why using center-right? Doesn't make sense to me
the_gabih 6th-May-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Because that's just what they do. They do the same with English politicians- Cameron is 'centre-right' as opposed to just 'right', and he's on a similar level to Sarkozy, policy-wise. Idk why they do it, they just do.
benihime99 6th-May-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
As a french person I can tell you he's right.
13chapters 6th-May-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
when does the rounding up of the Romani begin, I wonder?

Racist fucker.
benihime99 6th-May-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
You do realize that Sarkozy lost right?
13chapters 6th-May-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
You do realize that Hollande called for interning the Roma in camps until a solution can be found, right?
thepuddingcook 6th-May-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hollande called for the establishment of “European rules to avoid our experiencing this constant to and fro [of the Roma]. Let there be camps that we can decide on, that is, to avoid these people settling just anywhere … [to] enable these people to go back to Romania … and not then return to France”.

Wow...what a....douchebag.
benihime99 6th-May-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Did you see the interview? cause I did and that's no where near what he said. 
He was asked if <b>unsanitary</b> camp, made illegally, should be closed. He said yes, if there is health risk. Then he talked about how EU need to take action so those people wouldn't be chased and attacked. And when he was asked what to do and where they could live he answered that the best solution would be to lay out lawful site so they couldn't be chased.


Edited at 2012-05-06 08:56 pm (UTC)
13chapters 6th-May-2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
ty for the link. i don't speak french, so I will send it to my BFF, who is French. (No offense, but I trust her interpretation of things above, well, pretty much everyone's, on most topics.)
benihime99 6th-May-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Please do
And BTW I'm apolitical so it's not about defending him or anything. I actually think both candidates were awful but he really did not say that so it would be unfair.
Sarkozy on the other hand is another story
13chapters 6th-May-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Okay, this is what my BFF says (ftr she is pretty left-wing and we met in policy school, so obviously she cares a lot about politics; also she's been a member of Amnesty International since she was a little kid and I know it would really matter to her if she thought a candidate had a lousy track record wrt human rights):

I don't think he's racist. In any case, he won't do more in the way of racist policies than his predecessor, especially as far as the Roma are concerned. In fact, I don't think he has any set idea on the matter. I don't think he has many set ideas in general, to be honest (beyond not liking Sarkozy, I mean)

I voted for the guy, but I'm really not that enthusiastic about him. Let's hope "Flamby" turns into something more solid...
benihime99 6th-May-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
XD Flamby
TBH the only things that matter rn are the legislative. The president is nothing without his government or the National Assembly so we have to wait till june
zombie_process 6th-May-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was looking for the original video. It seemed weird to me. Le Parti Socialist can be racist as fuck, it's true. But usually they're more subtle than that. And they always utter "secularism" somewhere to justify their crap.
cookie1223 6th-May-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
and they are so "colorblind" ugh.
cookie1223 6th-May-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yep and this is the guy who said in the debate with Sarkozy that undocumented children should be in detention center with their parents.
adlanth 6th-May-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)

"Dans cette lettre à FTA, François Hollande s’engage «à mettre fin dès mai 2012 à la rétention des enfants et donc des familles avec enfants» et à ce «que la rétention redevienne l’exception et non un instrument banal de procédure»."
cookie1223 7th-May-2012 12:08 am (UTC)
C'était pendant le débat :
Nicolas Sarkozy : Est-ce qu’on garde les centres de rétention.

François Hollande : Bien sûr qu’on les garde. (…)

Nicolas Sarkozy : Qui a créé les centres de rétention pour enfants ? Monsieur Jospin, c’est monsieur Jospin qui les a créés.

François Hollande : Ce que nous devons faire maintenant, c’est avoir des centres de rétention permettant l’accueil des familles pour permettre ensuite leur reconduite…

Nicolas Sarkozy : Ça existe déjà.

François Hollande : Un seul.

Nicolas Sarkozy : Donc on garde les centres de rétention.

François Hollande : Les centres de rétention sont nécessaires, ils existent partout.

Nicolas Sarkozy : Donc pourquoi écrivez-vous le contraire à France Terre d’asile ? Toujours l’ambiguïté.

François Hollande : Non, il n’y a aucune ambiguïté, quand la personne est menacée…

Nicolas Sarkozy : “ La rétention doit devenir l’exception ”. Vous venez de dire aux Français que vous les garderez.

François Hollande : Mais non, j’ai dit que je garderai les centres de rétention et que la personne qui risque de s’enfuir doit être mise en centre de rétention.
spiffynamehere 7th-May-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
...I'm just privately pleased I was able to cobble together a semi-decent translation of this with a minimum of Google Translate.

lydzi 6th-May-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
That is certainly not what he said. WTF is this article?
benihime99 7th-May-2012 07:15 am (UTC)
sobota 6th-May-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Not sure how I feel about him yet, but he's gotta be better than Sarkozy. One can dream.
the_gabih 6th-May-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Well, he's definitely better than le Pen.
yamamanama 6th-May-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
A baguette would make a better president than Le Pen.
oceandezignz 7th-May-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
I'd love to see a baguette president.
kitchen_poet 7th-May-2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Vive la gluten?
cookie1223 6th-May-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
"centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy" the right words were far-right.
Anyway despite the fact that I have voted for him (yuck) I know and everyone should that this man is in the left in name only.

Edited at 2012-05-06 09:02 pm (UTC)
romp 6th-May-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
lydzi 6th-May-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Not going to lie, I'm ecstatic about this :).
cyranothe2nd 7th-May-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Wow, this is great news!
magli 7th-May-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
I honestly thought Sarkozy would win, I'm so happy I was wrong!
bludstone 7th-May-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Socialist president you say?

Lets watch. =)

(actually i dont know shit about this guys policies)
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