No matter what his politics or programs, the French simply didn’t like Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Having botched his term, Sarkozy has left his UMP party a shambles and France arguably worse off than when he took office. The National Front is now in a position to attract disaffected UMP members and fashion a new conservative party centering on NF programs and values. For the first time in its history, it will likely win seats in the National Assembly in the June legislative elections. As its leader, Marine Le Pen, asked a crowd of supporters, “How does it feel to go from being fascists, racists and xenophobes, to people who are being eagerly courted?”
Sarkozy’s legacy to France is a tarnished presidency, a revived, victorious Socialist Party, and an economy burdened with a record debt of $2.24 trillion and counting, some $500 billion more than the day he took office. Unemployment stands at 10 percent and has been growing by the month. Although he tried to hitch France to the German locomotive, the reality is that it is falling further behind Europe’s economic powerhouse.
A lawyer by trade, the man himself has little to worry about, except possibly those ongoing investigations for alleged corruption. He said this week that he would leave politics permanently. Asked during the campaign what he would do after the presidency, he answered, “Make a lot of dough and live la dolce vita.” Now, rejected by a French electorate he never really connected with, he can be on his way.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?