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I'm afraid it's hello President Sarkozy in 2017.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Apr 2nd, 2015 at 03:03:45 PM EST
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President Juppé, if we're lucky...
by Bernard on Thu Apr 2nd, 2015 at 05:54:59 PM EST
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Yes. Very lucky ;)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Thu Apr 2nd, 2015 at 05:56:37 PM EST
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For instance, Juppé, who is no spring chicken, could have significant and public health problems.

The only thing which I think is certain is that, even with a modest recovery in economic activity (accompanied by a modest uptick in demand) which we are likely to see in 2015 and 2016, unemployment in France will continue to remain quite high, incomes will continue to stagnate and the weather north of the Loire will continue to be generally bad. Those in the PS who are "waiting for results" from the present economic policy choices, as in the words of Benoît Hamon, will be sorely disappointed, and anything smelling of PS will look no better two years hence than it does today.

In this respect, I hear often references to the coming Berezina for Hollande, but I think this does injustice to Napoléon. After all, Napoléon prevailed at Berezina, even if this still signified overall defeat in the war. And the people were still behind him. They've never been behind the flaccid Hollande. No, it isn't Berezina what the leading lights of the PS are up to. They are rather in Moscow, waiting for the food and the heating fuel to miraculously arrive, magical fruits of their "reforms" such as they are. And of course, nothing of the sort will happen. There will be no brilliant PS tactician in retreat, as there was at Berezina. They simply are too proud and too cut off from the realities of most French people to realise that retreat is strategically the only way forward.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Apr 3rd, 2015 at 03:44:51 AM EST
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He is too polarising a figure. Popular among the UMP set but they too are a minority, just a slightly bigger one than the rump PS. He really really stirs up animus for everybody else.

The PS would just love for Sarkozy to run. It is one of their few cards left to get their core consituencies to vote. Not for the PS, but against the reviled Sarkozy.

I doubt it will happen in the end, even if the UMP doesn't manage to get a primary together.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Apr 3rd, 2015 at 03:48:38 AM EST
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