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ProSyn: Saving France, Saving Europe

English: François Hollande at a political rall...

François Hollande at a political rally held by the Socialist Party for the 2007 parliamentary elections. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michel RocardProject Syndicate, August 17, 2012

The face of French politics changed dramatically in May and June. First, after 17 years of center-right presidents, François Hollande, a Socialist, was elected. Then, a month later, a center-left majority took control of the National Assembly, too, after ten years of right-wing domination.

Meanwhile, the Senate, the French parliament’s upper house, a conservative bastion between the two world wars and ever since, swung to a Socialist majority for the first time in history at the end of 2011. The Socialists also control 20 of France’s 22 regional governments, a majority of the presidencies of the Departments, and most cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants. In short, we are now witnessing a stunning concentration of power that is unprecedented in French republican history… (more) http://ow.ly/1m0VjG


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