The cheer was always going to be qualified. The bubbles would be less effervescent, more a case of relieved sighing rather than frothy exultation. After another electoral hack, and another round of threats, the French election was being played out in an era that may, in time, be given the Trump name.
The pollsters did rest a bit easier after the election result, with Emmanuel Macron outdoing his contender Marine Le Pen by fifteen percent. Their soothsayers have been failing of late, and this result provided some form of revival. But what it did show, as it did in the United Kingdom, is that the battle between the forces of nationalist nostalgia and autonomy, and the market model masquerading as prosperity and democracy, will continue to rage.
In any other set of circumstances, it would have been seen as thumping, clear, and unquestionable: a 66 percent approval for Macron, with Parisians going the whole hog with 90 per cent. But such are the times that the 34 percent, left unattended to the north and south of the country, may well become the future governing power, a disease that takes hold, and eventually conquering the host.
While it was second highest score in the second round of a presidential vote since 1965, Macron’s margin of victory becomes less significant when compared with that of Jacques Chirac’s 82.21 percent in 2002 over Marine Le Pen’s father. An unescapable fact is that 11 million votes were cast in favour of Le Pen.
Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the European Union will not be able to expand further without ratification of the Lisbon treaty.
An EU summit in Brussels has been overshadowed by divisions over the reform treaty – which was rejected by Irish voters in a referendum last week. A decision on what to do next is expected to be postponed until October. The EU leaders, who continue talks on Friday, did agree to scrap diplomatic sanctions against Cuba imposed in 2003.
That’s a …thought, but the reason the Irish rejected the treaty wasn’t just the expansion but a seriously ill EU!
Dead Parrot? The Irish nation has spoken with a resounding NO. Will the masters of the European Union listen? Don’t be so naive.
Barack Obama’s Audacity of Hope
There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America; there’s the United States of America.
Ireland Says “No” To Plan B, But Don’t Worry, We Still Have Plan C, Plan D And Plan E
Since the days of Shakespeare, drama is at home in English-speaking countries. So it was almost pathetic that the results of the Irish referendum about the Lisbon Treaty were announced on Friday 13th.
Sarkozy and bin Laden… it can only be Euro Reporter in France.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that he probably made mistakes in his first year in office by failing to explain his policies sufficiently.
But in a live TV interview he also defended his presidency, saying he was still committed to significant reform. Correspondents say publicity over his private life and the limited impact of his reforms on the struggling economy has damaged Mr. Sarkozy’s popularity.
The prime time broadcast has been seen as an attempt to reverse that slump. Appearing on France’s two main television channels in a live 10-minute interview, Mr. Sarkozy said: “Without doubt, we didn’t explain enough. Without doubt, I myself made some mistakes… I can see very well that there is discontent, but I also know where I am going and I am convinced there is no other strategy.”
Oh man, was Carla a mistake or he means other kind of mistakes?
The French humanitarian mission sent to Colombia to try to secure to release of the hostage Ingrid Betancourt is being withdrawn from the country.
Colombia’s Farc rebels said they would not allow emergency medical aid to be delivered to the kidnapped politician. The mission was “not acceptable” and was launched without the guerrillas’ agreement, a Farc statement said.
France, Spain and Switzerland, which were jointly behind the mission, said it was “no longer justifiable”. “It will therefore leave Colombia soon,” the three countries said in a statement. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will travel to the region “soon” to discuss the situation, an official statement said.
President Nicolas Sarkozy had announced the French mission after reports that Ms Betancourt, who holds dual French-Colombian citizenship, was seriously ill. She was kidnapped while campaigning for the Colombian presidency six years ago.
Pity, the Farc rebels even if they had any right to do what they do they lost it because they proved not interest in human life!
Wow! Believe it or not, Eurotunnel has reported its first annual profit, boosted by its huge programme of debt restructuring.
The company that runs the tunnel between Britain and France reported a net profit of 1m Euros in the whole of 2007. That included a 3.3m euro exceptional profit from its capital restructuring.
The company has struggled with its debt levels since the tunnel was opened in 1994, but it finally reached agreement with its creditors last year. “The year 2007 proves that the new Eurotunnel group has broken with its past,” the company said in a statement.
You never know now, Euro-Disney in Paris might report profits as well!!!