Once upon a time, conservative and French president Nicolas Sarkozy was just the darling of Canada's Blogging Tories. Oh, yeah, we're talking smitten. So, um, how are things working out over there? Oh, dear:
President Nicolas Sarkozy's camp suffered setbacks in several large cities in round one of French local elections Sunday, dealing a fresh blow to the right-winger whose popularity has plummeted since his triumphant election last year. Exit polls showed the opposition Socialists well-placed to score big gains over Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), in next Sunday's decisive second round of a vote cast as a referendum on his presidency.
But I don't understand ... he was going to do such great things:
Sarko has won the runoff French election with 53% of the vote. Sarkozy has promised big changes to the French socialist , statist model. He will have to be very brave in order to defeat the French unions. He should be inspired by the Baroness Thatcher who saved the United Kingdom from the unions. It is interesting that both Quebec and France are re evaluating their statist high tax ,technocratic models. I wish Sarkozy a lot of luck. I hope unlike Charest he will actually carry out his reforms.
And? And? Oh:
Sarkozy won the presidency on pledges to make France more competitive by easing rigid labor laws and lowering taxes, but has pushed through mostly minor reforms. Meanwhile, inflation is up and consumer confidence down.
You know, it's not that the Blogging Tories' Dr. Roy is so perpetually wrong, it's that he's perpetually creepy. I mean, there's interested, and then there's obsessed. If he lived on my block, I'd be tempted to put GPS tracking systems on my kids.