“I don’t like the rich.” – François Hollande
But Hollande got lucky. Sarkozy’s most dynamic opponent a year ago seemed sure to be former finance minister and then–International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But DSK suddenly flamed out in scandals in New York and France before he ever had a chance to announce he intended to run. And once Hollande got the nomination, he made what now appears to have been the wise decision to present himself as the candidate of “normal.” Even his campaign T-shirts proclaim that bland virtue.
It’s the first time a sitting president has lost in the first round, according to the BBC.
The Socialist candidate has promised to raise taxes on big corporations and people earning more than 1m euros a year. He also wants to raise the minimum wage, hire 60,000 more teachers and lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 for some workers.
Lowering the retirement age, however, is just plain irresponsible.
The far-right wing is in “shock,” with the turnout around 80%, because the French seem to want Sarkozy out.
Somewhere François Mitterrand is smiling.
That François Hollande is now the first from the French Socialist party to get this close to the presidency since Mitterand is due to two primary events. The unpopularity of current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and the libidinous lechery of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund whose arrogant idiocy has gotten him entangled in sex scandals in the last year, which should have been a campaign year for him. Nothing yet from Anne Sinclair in the English edition of HuffPost, who is not only Strauss-Kahn’s wife, but the editor of Huffington Post’s French edition.
The Financial Times has a profile of François Hollande, which is free to read after registering.
Hollande promises “fiscal discipline, but plans to raise spending and taxes,” as well as tackle Sarkozy’s pension reforms.
I wonder how Dominique Strauss-Kahn will soothe himself after blowing the chance to be president of France. It all started going down hill because he allegedly couldn’t keep his hands off a hotel maid.
Sex and France go together like Scotch and ice. It’s just that it gets a little creepy when headlines start blaring about a one-percenter who wants to be the next French president can’t keep his sexual exploits out of the international press.