Sunday, May 06, 2007

France Wakes Up

Sarkozy wins!

The final count gave Mr Sarkozy 53.06%, compared with 46.94% for socialist Segolene Royal, with turnout at 85%.

Lefties throw things...

RIOT police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters gathered in central Paris today to demonstrate against the presidential election victory of right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy.

...And hang banners:

...a giant yellow banner was unfurled in the centre of Paris last week, bearing portraits of Lenin and Stalin. “Only socialism can save the world” it proclaimed in black ink.

If only we had some historical context in which to place claims of socialist utopia. Speaking of context, here's some from Paul Mirengoff:

The U.S. has now seen the leadership of both France and Germany pass to figures who believe, as a general matter, that American power is a force for good in the world, and not something that needs persistently to be constrained. Let's hope that in 2009 the U.S. still has a leader who concurs.

I don't know. It seems socialism and self flagellation is something that has to be experienced before it is discarded. Let's hope America is the exception to that rule.

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