It wasn’t Nicolas Sarkozy’s fondness for America that got him elected French president, though improved relations between our countries will be welcome. Rather, the conservative candidate won because the majority of French people finally realized, "C’est l’economie, stupide" — or "It’s the economy, stupid." Sarkozy wants to boost France’s lagging economy and lower its high unemployment by cutting taxes, reducing deficits and government subsidies, and loosening France’s strict labor laws. But what has even many of his supporters worried is how authoritarian Sarkozy will be on immigration and other social issues.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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