Sarkozy’s out.

Close-run thing, but close only counts with horse shoes and hand grenades.

Socialist François Hollande was elected president of France on Sunday, defeating conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in a race that focused heavily on the country’s economic woes.

Sarkozy conceded defeat shortly after the polls closed, wishing Hollande “good luck” as the nation’s new leader.

He’s gonna need it.

Moe Lane

PS: Your guess is as good as mine as to what’s going to happen now.  Except that France – like most of the rest of Europe – is pretty much hosed, but then we knew that going in.


  • Skip says:

    It’s probably a good thing, actually. It’ll just speed up the inevitable destruction of the euro. Although I’m not sure what the acronym of the insolvent countries will be after France joins them. PFIIGS? SIPFIG?

  • Aruges says:

    Even money, the new guy will have to keep doing what the EU club wants. Does he really have an alternative? They won’t be able to raise the kind of money to support the new spending and how long will China lend them money?

  • PubliusNV says:

    He’s talking about dropping the retirement age to 60. This is going to make their version of Social Security solvent? These people live in a fantasy world, and the French deserve to get what they voted for, good and hard.

  • Ric Locke says:

    On the other hand, only Nixon could go to China.

    Leftists are very good at twisting meanings. Do you suppose Monsieur Hollande can convince the French that workable financial reform is socialist?

  • Murgatroyd says:

    On the gripping han, George Washington’s doctors were sure that with enough bloodletting to remove their patient’s “ill humours,” he would be on the road to recovery in no time!

  • Murgatroyd says:

    “Hand,” darn it.

  • BigGator5 says:

    Yay! The fall of Europe is at hand, with China and America following soon afterward! It’s the first sign of the Apocalypse!
    *tears off shirt, gets a big “REPENT” sign painted in red, and runs out of the house*

  • Wombat-socho says:

    One wonders how much effect Marine Le Pen’s call for her voters to stay home instead of voting for Sarkozy had, and how big a chunk of Assembly seats the NF is going to get in a few months.

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