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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