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The Final Hustle

Posted on May 4, 2007
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French presidential candidate Segolene Royal.

French presidential candidates Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy are fervently pressing flesh and swapping barbs in the remaining hours before Sunday’s vote.  Royal, a socialist, warned that a win for Sarkozy could trigger violence, while front-runner Sarkozy sniffed that his rival’s attack was a byproduct of her lagging status in pre-election polls.


Both candidates held their final big rallies on Thursday, Ms Royal in Lille in the north and Mr Sarkozy at the other end of the country in Montpellier.

Mr Sarkozy, 52, promised to unify the nation, re-invigorate the economy and restore full employment. He also defended several of his most controversial comments.

Ms Royal, 53, called for a French rebirth, saying she offered a safe choice for those wanting “a protecting France, a fraternal France, a competitive France”.

Their sometimes ill-tempered TV debate on Wednesday, watched by an estimated 23m people, left both claiming victory.

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By Leefeller, May 5, 2007 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Wow, if she is 53, Ann Coulter must be a lot older, must be the smoking, drinking and cussing.

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By cann4ing, May 5, 2007 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

The French election demonstrates a fundamental difference between real democracy and the scam that passes for democracy in make-a-buck for the corporate media U.S.A.  Within weeks of a first round Presidential election, the French will be voting in a final election.  Here, the electoral cycle is near continuous, as the politicians who are bought and paid for by Big Pharma, the insurance industry, the oil cartel and the military-industrial complex pander for the big bucks needed to buy 30-second sound bites at our infotainment centers that, due to bottom line considerations, furnish only absurd punditry, focusing on such meaningless factoids as the price of John Edward’s haircut, while ignoring issues that truly matter in the lives of the vast majority of Americans—pundits who seek to marginalize those politicians, like Mr. Kucinich and Mr. Gravel, who would dare to speak truth to power.

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By egan, May 5, 2007 at 3:30 am Link to this comment
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>>> Sarkozy sounds like a French version of George W.

No. he is not a french version of GWB.
You have to understand that a “right wing” frenchie like Sarkozy had nothing in common with the right in USA.
The Sarkozy’s program would be considered a democratic party’s program in USA.

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By Bob Zimmerman, May 4, 2007 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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Sarkozy sounds like a French version of George W. I alway’s thought France had their priorities correct - they really do believe in family values, like spending time with your family. Instead it now sounds like many Frenchmen want to become and economic powerhouse like the U.S. but without our corrupting influences like multinational corporations influencing our national policies. Royal might be able to thaw our relations with France - how could we not like her? Wouldn’t it be ironic to have a right wing France and a liberal U.S. in 2008.

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By johnnyfarout, May 4, 2007 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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Was it Victor Hugo who wrote…“Ah, France, the world waits alone for you.”? I love the French, and indeed , it seems I too, wait alone.

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By QuyTran, May 4, 2007 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

She looks so beautiful ! I vote for her without any doubt !

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