- pick the left wing and quite incompetent Sarkozy but unfortunately also super liar, for a second term.
- elect the super left wing, and super incompetent, yet not quite as big a liar, François Hollande for his first ever elected mandate, straight as President of the country.
They decided to oust the arrogant incompetent liar, and quite honestly, if I had voted, that's what I would have done: Hollande was mostly elected as the result of Sarkozy being quite frankly, hated by most.
What most people — inside, and outside of France — don't realize, is that in France, there is basically no real debate in terms of political ideas. All of the main players are stuck in the left wing, including those who are supposedly in the right: they are on the right wing of the left.
Blooomberg seems to agree with me:
May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Francois Hollande defeated French President Nicolas Sarkozy as voters handed control of the second-biggest European economy to the Socialists for the first time in 17 years.
The 57-year-old Hollande got about 52 percent against about 48 percent for Sarkozy, according to estimates by four pollsters. The campaign isn’t over. France elects its lower house of parliament in five weeks, prompting calls from backers of both candidates to keep fighting.
The challenger inherits an economy that is barely growing, with jobless claims at their highest in 12 years and a rising debt load that makes France vulnerable to the financial crisis that has rocked the euro region the past two years. Sarkozy became the ninth euro leader to fall in that time and the first French president in 30 years to fail to win re-election.
“Hollande’s bet was that rejection of Nicolas Sarkozy was enough to get him elected,” Dominique Reynie, senior researcher at Paris’s Institute of Political Studies, said before the vote. “The message was that if you don’t like Sarkozy then I’m your best bet.”
Here's another Bloomberg report quote:
Nicolas Sarkozy’s defeat in the French presidential election makes him the first incumbent in more than 30 years to fail to win re-election, and the ninth European leader to be booted out since the region’s debt crisis began.
Sanctioned for his flamboyant personal style and slowing economic growth, Sarkozy lost to Socialist Francois Hollande, who got about 52 percent of the vote against 48 percent, polling estimates showed. Sarkozy is the second French president to lose a re-election bid since World War II after former President Valery Giscard d’Estaing was vanquished in 1981.
At the start of his term, Sarkozy, an outsider with immigrant roots, was France’s most popular leader since General Charles de Gaulle, World War II hero and founder of the Fifth Republic. By the time he announced his re-election bid in February, he was the most unpopular incumbent French president since the war and was counting on his stewardship of the debt crisis to deliver a second term.
The dislike of Sarkozy began well before the financial crisis hit France. His approval rating fell to 32 percent by May 2008, a year after his election, from 65 percent a month after his election, pollster TNS Sofres said.
Sarkozy’s unpopularity began the night of his 2007 victory, which he celebrated at Fouquet’s, a fancy restaurant on Paris’s Avenue des Champs Elysees, with about a dozen chief executive officers.
He then went off the coast of Malta on the yacht belonging to one of them, Vincent Bollore.
Next came a public divorce with his wife Cecilia - the first ever by a sitting president - and an even more public courtship with singer-model Carla Bruni, his third wife, including a well-publicized visit to Euro Disney.
He used a presidential press conference Jan. 8, 2008 to announce that his affair with Bruni was “serious.” They were married Feb. 2, 2008 at the Elysee presidential palace.
On Feb. 23, 2008 he was caught on video at an agricultural fair using a vulgar expression against a man who refused to shake his hand.
Finally, Bloomberg, on Hollande's career:
Hollande, nicknamed after a pudding, has spent his career behind the scenes negotiating compromises. He has never held a government post. Hollande, 57, has represented the central town of Correze for 24 years in parliament and was the Socialist Party chief for 11 years until 2008.
What' interesting, is that Sarkozy was elected on a campaign based on bringing in a "breach" with the previous policy makers. Obama was elected on "change we can believe in", and before them, hundreds of liars and incompetents were elected while promising change. Now, it's Hollande's turn. He promised change. Is he a fool big enough, to actually implement the mad ideas he promised? Or, will he, like Obama, Sarkozy, and most politicians before them, become part of the establishment, and keep the status quo? I'll bet on the latter.
Looking at the bright side, I think it's not a bad choice: at least, with the super incompetent guy in power now, we can hope that the kicking of the can will stop, and that the collapse of the leech-state of France — sucking dry the blood of 10-20% of the population to buy the votes of the remaining 80% — will accelerate, and that a new beginning will happen sooner. France in the same path as Greece, just a few years behind, and hopefully Hollande will help bridge that gap.