Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Economist supports Sarkozy


The British journal The Economist has (not surprisingly) endorsed UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency of France. Although it willingly acknowledges that Sarkozy has several severe weaknesses, notably recent statements reflecting economic populism, his nativism on immigration and national identity, and perhaps most importantly for a globally oriented readership, "his fierce hostility to letting Turkey join the EU," The Economist concludes that Sarkozy offers France "the best hope of reform."

On the evidence of his career and his campaign, Mr Sarkozy is less a principled liberal than a brutal pragmatist. Yet he is the only candidate brave enough to advocate the “rupture” with its past that France needs after so many gloomy years. It has been said that France advances by revolution from time to time but seldom, if ever, manages to reform. Mr Sarkozy offers at least a chance of proving this aphorism wrong.


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3 comments:

Jacques said...

Napoleon is perhaps the best way to represent Sarkozy (and not only for the physical similarities) : lots of his detractors in France use this comparison ("Naboleon" = "Nabot" [=small] + "Napoléon") in a satirical way to stigmatise his dictatorial mood.

Today, Francois Bayrou denounces the remarks made by Nicolas Sarkozy on the Shoah :
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/depeches/0,14-0,39-30498106@7-37,0.html

Nicolas Sarkozy, during three speeches (Caen, Nice and Lyon) had quoted the German example to grow France and to condemn the French culture of the repentance :
http://www.dailymotion.com/featured:by/rachelmini/video/x1n371_sarkozy-insulte-lallemagne

Jacques said...

Another link :
http://www.europeus.org/archive/2007/04/11/nazi-germany-vs-french-freedom-fighters-%E2%80%93-the-war-is-still-o.html

Boz said...

Thanks for the links. As I said before, while I think that Sarkozy is deluding himself when he thinks that France does not have any historical stains just because it hasn't invented the final solution, I really don't see why his comments on Germany and Nazisim are out of line. Sure, one wouldn't bring those things up at a dinner with the German chancellor, but he was talking to a philosophy magazine.

Boz