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Hollande Wins French Presidency, Promising ‘New Hope for the World’
ABC News ^ | May 6, 2012 | Olivia Katrandjian

Posted on 05/06/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

French President Nicholas Sarkozy conceded defeat today in the presidential elections to Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, making him the first incumbent president to lose an election in France since 1981.

Hollande, who was leading 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent in the exit polls, will be France’s first socialist president since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

“I’ve tried to do my best to protect the French people from the unprecedented crisis that has shaken the world,” said Sarkozy, whose defeat makes him the eighth leader of a Eurozone country to be replaced or swept from office in just over a year.

But Hollande’s victory was a clear rejection of Sarkozy’s attempts to get the debt crisis under control through an austerity program.

“Austerity can no longer be the only option for Europe,” Hollande said today in his acceptance speech in reference to Sarkozy’s policies to cut government spending.

Under Sarkozy, France’s unemployment rate rose to 10 percent. Hollande wants to put France on a different economic track, promising to raise taxes on France’s wealthiest and stimulate economic growth. During his campaign, Hollande promised to deliver more jobs for policemen and 60,000 jobs in the education sector without increasing France’s total number of civil servants.

“May 6 gave us a new start for Europe, a new hope for the world,” Hollande said today in his acceptance speech.

Hollande used one of President Obama’s favorite campaign terms several times in his speech, noting that “change” is a “heavy mandate,” but it is his “mission and duty.”

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1 posted on 05/06/2012 8:14:43 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

did he promise to fix the ocean, too? the damn thing started leaking oil after the last guy that tried that.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 8:15:50 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

During his campaign, Hollande promised to deliver more jobs for policemen and 60,000 jobs in the education sector without increasing France’s total number of civil servants.

Good trick, hows he do it?


3 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

People get what they deserve. I have no sympathy for people who just want quick fixes and free stuff.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 8:18:38 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Promising ‘New Hope for the World’

I pity the French, We were promised this in 2008 and look what happened. Some just do not learn by example.

5 posted on 05/06/2012 8:20:47 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Free ThinkerNY

For the French, no matter who wins the election, the country loses.

At least Sarkozy had guts, unlike his predecessors and his successor (socialists don’t have guts; they have quiche!)


6 posted on 05/06/2012 8:21:04 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Can the next war in Europe be far off?


7 posted on 05/06/2012 8:22:58 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Clock King

Obama’s new campaign slogan, “New Hope for old.”
Get ya New Hope here, revised formula, newer,
better, More Hope for your money.”

New Hope? Why, did the old hope not work out?


8 posted on 05/06/2012 8:23:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

New hope for the world?

Wow ain’t he grandiose. More like he will turn France into a laughingstock. Dope for the world! Rope for the world! Mope for the world! (Any more?)


9 posted on 05/06/2012 8:26:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
‘New Hope for the World’

Give us all a break.

Hollande: promising to raise taxes on France’s wealthiest and stimulate economic growth.

Where have we heard that before? France and Europe is in real trouble.

10 posted on 05/06/2012 8:27:32 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Spok

What war. France will hoist the white flag, it’ll become Europestan, and all will live happily ever after (because those who won’t, will be beheaded).


11 posted on 05/06/2012 8:28:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

For the French people, that translates to “Abandon all hope”...

They’ll be wishing they could bring back Le Pen. Well no, actually they won’t...


12 posted on 05/06/2012 8:28:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Taupe for the world...


13 posted on 05/06/2012 8:29:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh goody.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 8:29:28 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: jazusamo

France’s rich will all go to Canada.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 8:30:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Who gets the last laugh now?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama

16 posted on 05/06/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: jazusamo

France’s rich will all go to Canada.

...

unless we can coax them down to Louisiana with the Cajuns


17 posted on 05/06/2012 8:30:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Spok

The last socialist President of France was largely responsible for the Rwandan Holocaust.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 8:32:31 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr. Hollande’s “Hopus”


19 posted on 05/06/2012 8:33:22 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Austerity can no longer be the only option for Europe,”

They thought the half-hearted austerity Sarkozy proposed was tough? Wait until they see the austerity the Socialists bring France.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 8:35:18 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yep, they sure won’t stay in France.

Might try to coax them here but doubt they’ll come until Zer0 is history.


21 posted on 05/06/2012 8:35:44 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Spok

“Can the next war in Europe be far off?”

Not far, France simply needs to decide to whom they wish to surrender.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 8:38:09 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: P8riot

Good one.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 8:40:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Hollande Wins French Presidency, Promising ‘New Hope for the World’”

He’s almost as humble as our dear leader.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 8:42:35 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Spok
Can the next war in Europe be far off?

They won't have the the good ol' USA to save them this time.

25 posted on 05/06/2012 8:45:09 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

[[ Hollande Wins French Presidency, Promising ‘New Hope for the World’ ]]

Such are the promises of all socialists.

Unfortunately, the world that’s left after their promises evaporate is usually much worse...


26 posted on 05/06/2012 8:45:41 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope it is only the French that he drags over the cliff.


27 posted on 05/06/2012 8:46:05 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

France’s rich will all go to Canada.


Excellent point.


28 posted on 05/06/2012 8:46:05 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anyone who believes his promises is a moron who deserves the grinding poverty and prison state its going to bring.


29 posted on 05/06/2012 8:46:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: tet68

With a 75% income tax


30 posted on 05/06/2012 8:47:55 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Sarkozy had guts a few years back when he proposed that the government build Mosques and madrassas with tax dollars and amend the Constitution to exempt Islam from the Separation of Church and State??


31 posted on 05/06/2012 8:49:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Spok

When he european economy really collapses they will hve to blame someone and war could be inevitable. Their target might be tiny Israel of course.


32 posted on 05/06/2012 8:51:12 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hollande used one of President Obama’s favorite campaign terms ... a “heavy mandate”

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Hollande was surprised to learn that Obama’s phrase was actually “a heavy man date”.


33 posted on 05/06/2012 8:53:22 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If Chuck Martel was alive, he’d feel a little like Charlie Brown in September.


34 posted on 05/06/2012 8:58:11 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Deliver me from Eurotrash like this. French companies will be leaving that hellhole as fast as you can say “Forward!”


35 posted on 05/06/2012 9:04:59 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“... promising to raise taxes on France’s wealthiest and stimulate economic growth...”

Yep, and I’ll be starting my diet as soon as I’m done with these here donuts.


36 posted on 05/06/2012 9:06:03 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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"Austerity can no longer be the only option for Europe," Hollande said today in his acceptance speech in reference to Sarkozy's policies to cut government spending."

Beggars can't be choosers.

37 posted on 05/06/2012 9:13:12 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sweet Mother of gawd!

The savior is here¡


38 posted on 05/06/2012 9:18:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Spok

Sure. It’ll start with them throwing down the White Flag.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 9:20:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: EGPWS

Y’all are presuming that the Europeans still have militaries with which to fight wars.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 9:40:02 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I think what they really mean is: no hope for the world.

Look at this cognitive dissonance: [ Hollande wants to put France on a different economic track, promising to raise taxes on France’s wealthiest and stimulate economic growth. ] Raising taxes on the wealthiest & in general is the fastest way to DESTROY economic growth.

Now if they really want to stimulate economic growth they would LOWER taxes or abolish them outright.

41 posted on 05/06/2012 9:42:25 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Free ThinkerNY; afraidfortherepublic; mojo114; seenenuf; LucyT; Think free or die; DollyCali; ...
H/T free thinker! As with the election of Obama, Hollande's election will bring new hope to the world. Will the oceans stop rising and the planet begin to heal? This guy really is full of himself, n'est ce pas?

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42 posted on 05/06/2012 9:48:00 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: MtnClimber

I am hoping he takes all of Western Europe with him, not just France. Socialism needs to have a new flaming, screaming failure to remind people why it’s a bad idea.


43 posted on 05/06/2012 10:06:42 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: unkus

well unkus, we’ve got plenty Americans now also buying properties abroad as their “bug out” retreat.


44 posted on 05/06/2012 10:12:42 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

I know people who are doing just that in Panama, Argentina and Chile.


45 posted on 05/06/2012 10:15:06 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

I was explaining to my daughter about how it was now down to Obama and Romney. She said “Dad - what was the name of that country? Costa Rica?”

She’s 14.


46 posted on 05/06/2012 10:18:39 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Clock King

Sadly, we are in the same boat as France. Any President that cuts benefits to the government teat crowd will probably face a defeat by the same margin.

This is the reality we face. Any conservative who wins will face the same problem. It won’t take 5% cuts to invoke the same response we see in Wisconsin. 15% cuts would result in even more angst. I think anything more than a 5% cut would result in crushing mid-terms for the GOP.

That’s the way I see it. It’s not optimistic, but I invite anyone who thinks differently to tell me where I am wrong. Our current reality is that we need to cut probably 40% of the Federal government budget and cut regulations to stand a chance of returning to long-term prosperity. Anyone who cuts that much will be a one term proposition and they will lose ground in congress.

The longer we go without long term austerity measures by government the weaker the dollar becomes and the higher inflation will go. It’s a catch-22. The cuts will take many administrations to be effective. All the progressives have to do is convince the mushy middle that the pain is not needed and we are back to square one. Just like France.


47 posted on 05/06/2012 10:19:57 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
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To: 21twelve

I was explaining to my daughter about how it was now down to Obama and Romney. She said “Dad - what was the name of that country? Costa Rica?”

She’s 14.


You are to be commended.


48 posted on 05/06/2012 10:25:32 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: volunbeer
For conversation purposes only:

1. Cut Regulations

2. Set economic policies that maximize growth (i.e.no dividend and savings taxes, Corporate Tax is 10%).

3. By EO close Agencies such as the EPA, Energy, Agriculture etc. because we cannot afford them.

4. Stop all federal funding to non essential organizations like Sierra Club, ACORN (whatever it is called now).

Once the economy is growing and unemployment (U6) is down to 10%
put in place new SS limits (i.e. cannot collect until 70yrs old for those born after 19__). Recommend Tort Reform.

49 posted on 05/06/2012 10:59:32 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: Chgogal

That would be a start. The real cuts must come in entitlements to balance our books and have any chance at getting out from underneath our debt. SSI at 70 won’t be popular, but it would make sense.

Cutting agencies will negatively impact unions and our own Hollande will come along to promise the leeches a payday. One apathetic election for the GOP and it’s a repeat of France. Cutting government funds to progressive groups would also motivate them in the mid-terms and the next election.

One term is likely because the progressives will promise their constituency that they will reverse the cuts.


50 posted on 05/06/2012 11:42:22 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
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