PARIS. The Socialist Francois Hollande became yesterday the new President of France as he defeated Nicolas Sarkozy, the latest of the leaders defeated by the crisis that Europe is going through and recovered for the left the leadership of the French government.
Hollande did not lose time in confirming that he takes on the presidency of France in order "to give the European construction a dimension of growth and jobs," a message directed clearly at Germany, and in line with his expressed intention of incorporating into the pact of fiscal restriction and element for getting out of the crisis.
"And it is that I will tell you as soon as possible to our European partners and in the first place to Germany," Hollande pointed out in the first opportunity that he had to hold a political rally in the interior of France before heading to Paris and the historical Bastille Plaza.
With its historical reference to Republican values and an authentic totem for the left, thousands of Frenchmen invaded this central place in Paris, and they gave photographers images that without doubt be printed in the history books of the country.
There, the "ideological turnover" that Hollande proposed was proven, and for a country that over the period of a year lived with the surprise of the loss of credibility of its finances at the hands of the risk assessment agencies, which reduced its grade. Hollande nevertheless renewed his vows with the Republican ideology: "We are not just any country on the planet, we are France. And as President of the Republic I am charged with carrying the aspirations of the people of France: Peace, liberty, responsibility," he said.
The socialist goes into power after a primary election process in his party which were stained by arguments caused last year by the end of the career of Dominique Strausse-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, accused of sexual aggression in a case that has still not been closed.
Without knowing the official results, only the estimates of the pollsters, Hollande took on the job of Chief of State, with the endorsement of the recognition of the defeat which was quickly expressed in public before his saddened followers by the conservative Sarkozy.
He said that he would "never" forget the honor of being President of France and admitted "I have not managed to convince a majority of Frenchmen (....) I have not managed to win the values that I have defended with you all." "I take all the responsibility for this defeat," the President continued, and he added: "I have done everything possible to take the ideals that join us to victory."
Obviously he did not get this and in spite of a lack of a confirmation of the data of the election, which in France is a slow process, the rejection by the French placed him four points behind the Socialist leader, to which all of the polls over the past few days had as the winner. Hollande achieves for the left the second Presidency of the V Republic, after the administration of Francois Mitterrand (1981 and 1995) and manages to destroy the basis of an economic policy practiced by Sarkozy in coordination, when not in subordination, with the directives coming out of Berlin.
The Socialist brings together in this fashion the support of a France that is worried over its future, certainly neurotic over a comparison that it cannot put up with all the time with Germany and with many Frenchmen irritated over the way of Sarkozy exercised the power of the Presidency. He was criticized for his distant manners and his closeness to the most privileged classes.
And Hollande achieves the Elysée Palace knowing that a considerable part of his fellow citizens gave their votes in the first round to the candidate of the ultra-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, whose voters courted Sarkozy without success in order to achieve an extension of his term in the second round.
The next decisive date is precisely the legislative elections in a month, the convocation where Le Pen is putting all his hopes in producing a turn-around in the political panorama of a country worried about its economic future.
De Diario Libre