Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy will be sworn in as French president on Wednesday, a new generation of leader promising to direct his reformist drive from the front in a style starkly different from the man he succeeds.Here's a short profile of Sarkozy:
The son of a Hungarian immigrant and a French mother of Greek Jewish origin, he was baptised a Roman Catholic and grew up in Paris. He is 52 and is married with three children. He stands for lower taxes, flexible labor markets, more freedom for innovation and enterprise, and more equality for minorities. He promises to crack down on the illegal immigrants choking his country. He is pro-America and pro-Israel. He wants to restore the status of work, authority, standards, respect, and merit. He wants to give the place of honor back to the nation and national identity. He wants to give back to the French people pride in France. He has said this:
I want to issue an appeal to our American friends, to tell them that they can count on our friendship, which has been forged in the tragedies of history which we have faced together.Ok - so he buys into the whole "global warming thing"... that's no biggie ... he makes up for it in other ways.
I want to tell them that France will always be by their side when they need it, but I also want to tell them that friendship means accepting that your friends may think differently and that a great nation such as the United States has a duty not to put obstacles in the way of the fight against global warming, but on the contrary to take the lead in this fight, because what is at stake is the fate of humanity as a whole. France will make this battle its primary battle.
Interestingly enough, it looks like the world is getting tired of liberals and Socialists who prefer to coddle Islamo-fascists.
Germany - Pro-American Angela Merkel crushed anti-American chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 2005.
Canada - Last year Conservatives swept Canada, making Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper the prime minister.
Australia - Prime Minister John Howard is both the longest-serving Australian prime minister and -- by his own account -- the most conservative.
Britain - When I was visiting, local elections were held, and the Conservatives took a huge amount of seats. Although Labour rules nationally, things could change. The incoming Labour leader is Gordon Brown.
Perhaps there is a trend developing.. do you think maybe Spain and Italy will catch on too?