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it definitely will affect the election. Thanks to her move (proposing a meeting/debate with Bayrou), Royal took the initiative in the campaign, which was seldom the case during the campaign for the first round. And the momentum is on Royal's side.

True or not (I should say direct or indirect...), attempts by Sarkozy's team to pressurise the media illustrate what many people fear from Sarkozy. In fact, it is exactly the reason Bayrou gives for not voting Sarkozy...

It seems a lot of young people who voted Bayrou are considering voting Royal.

Will it be enough? Times will tell...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 12:16:59 PM EST
by das monde on Sat Apr 28th, 2007 at 06:26:20 AM EST
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Here's more on his visit to the U.S. last September.


"You must have loathed us then" he said in a speech referring to France's refusal to give UN sanction to the Iraq invasion, let alone offer military support.

The article then goes on to subtly criticise Royal for visiting EU capitols, failing to mention that EU treaties bind France more closely with its EU allies with whom it shares a parliament .

Hard to take Sarkozy at his word.  Here he travels to the U.S. on government funds, arranges a surprise meeting with Bush and upstages his political patron, expressing contrition for France, if not an outright apology.  Perhaps he was more apologetic in private.

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by kagaka (karel.k.rehor [zav] email [tecka] cz) on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 06:43:54 PM EST
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