François Hollande is President of the French Republic

 

 

Having won the first round of the French presidential elections with 28.63% of the vote the leader of the Parti Socialiste François Hollande has dislodged UMP incumbent Sarkozy with the backing of 51.7% of the French electorate who turned out at a level of 80.2%. The May 6th victory will ostensibly trigger a major shift in European politics which from the onset of the financial crisis has been behest to a rightwards ambiance; indeed having declared during his first speech as French president-elect that “austerity will no longer be fatal in Europe,” one can say with a certain confidence that Hollande will go some way to stirring up the German lend austerity consensus. The extent to which Hollande will go remains to be seen but undoubtedly these are interesting times.

In any case here’s my cartoon depicting François Hollande painting the town red after his election victory in more ways than one!

 

And there’s another below!

  • lover not a fighter

    We must admire the enthuisiasm the French have for actually turning out to vote.

    Do they have that much faith in their politicians to actually do something.

    Alas I have lost the little faith that I had in British or Irish Politicians to effect anything in even the the most miniscule way.

  • thethoughtfulone

    Batten down the hatches!

  • cynic2

    On Friday the Euro was 81p. On Tuesday my bet is 80p and its a long way down to go

  • Framer

    It was Marine Le Pen wot done it giving Hollande his narrow victory.
    Spoiled papers went from 700,000 in the first round to over two million yesterday.
    Sarkozy’s exit leaves her in a dominant position on the right.

  • Comrade Stalin

    cynic2:

    On Friday the Euro was 81p. On Tuesday my bet is 80p and its a long way down to go

    I’m sure that making British exports more expensive than European ones suits a lot of people. What’s not to like for the Eurozone ?

  • cynic2

    I dont think le pen done it at all. He won fair and square by promising the French that he would protect their jobs and standard of living by spending the German’s money.

    This week he tries to persuade the Germans that this is a good idea! Expect Nul Points for him in the next round of the Financial Eurovision

  • Catherine Couvert

    “It was Marine Le Pen wot done it giving Hollande his narrow victory.”
    I think it was partly Sarkozy who did it by trying to win Le Pen’s votes through spouting some incredibly dubious ideas, starting well before the presidential campaign.
    People wondering why the French have got so enthusiastic about voting that around 80% are prepared to turn up: it’s because many had a rude awakening a few years ago when apathy led to Le Pen’s father getting second highest vote against Sarkozy, and promised themselves that they would not let that happen again.
    Saying that, I wouldn’t assume all spoiled votes come from the National Front, many leftist voters may have done the same.
    A bit funny to see Hollande being portrayed as a ‘red’ here, he is a social democrat similar to new Labour.

  • cynic2

    ” he is a social democrat similar to new Labour.”

    Mick ….can we get a warning before posts like this – they are bad for my heart. Blair? Social Democrat?

  • cynic2

    ” he would protect their jobs and standard of living by spending the German’s money.”

    Slugger 1237hrs

    Mrs Merkel congratulated the president-elect by phone and invited him to Berlin to hold talks soon, but she warned the fiscal compact was “not up for grabs”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17979913

    Does Angela read Slugger?

    BBC 1239hrs