France elected a Socialist President

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In votes across France and Greece over the weekend – Europeans sent a very clear message to the technocrats and banksters choking them with trickle-down austerity. That message was, “No more!” In France – Socialist candidate Francois Hollande – who campaigned against austerity – defeated Conservative President Nicholas Sarkozy in elections on Sunday. In his victory speech, Hollande told the French people that “austerity can no longer be the only option” and that his mission is to now, “give the European project a dimension of growth, employment, prosperity…and a future.”

Already – Hollande’s pro-growth agenda has received support from other European leaders and could signal the beginning of the end of German-induced austerity in Europe. The same is the case in Greece, where the two ruling parties supporting austerity only won 32% of the Sunday’s vote – as the Greek people instead opted for far-left and far-right parties that were opposed to more trickle-down austerity and bailouts.

Now – the future of Greece and the Eurozone is once again uncertain – as the Greek Parliament is unlikely to sign off on another round of bailouts next year to prevent Greece from defaulting and leaving the Eurozone. Financial analysts in Europe are now putting the odds of a Greek exit from the euro at 75%. Stay tuned – the battle between democracy and technocracy is just beginning.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


Oops. I made a similar post in the wrong forum. It should have been placed here. Sorry. Anyway below is a repeat of my response.

So France has elected a socialist president. As a conservative you might wonder why this makes me happy. To put it plainly, we get to watch. So this should be fun. President elect Hollande believes that he can solve France's severe economic problems by massive tax increases, increased government spending and disregard for debt. Other than the immorality of borrowing money with no intention of paying it back, this is a tremendous opportunity for us. We can sit back and watch socialist policies in action and see what happens. Good luck Frenchie, this may get very, very ugly.

rigel1's picture
Jan. 31, 2011 7:49 am

It could be good for the US because growth means the euro zone starts buying US exports. If you don't like growth, just follow UK, Ireland and Spain as opposed to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway. Though Norway is not in the EU, and Sweden and Denmark are not monetarily in EU [they are not fools]

Sweden is growing about 6% a year with about 5.6% unemployment with a budget surplus.

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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