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I agree.

A Frenchman on a political blog I read commented that the difference between the French and the Americans is that people who voted for the guy will strike to prevent reforms they don't approve of and then go back to supporting him.

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Hi all,

i watched part of their presidential debate last week (translated into english). and the woman came across as kind of wishy-washy...although if i were a french person i would have voted for her based on her political ideas.

the guy that got elected seems like a mini-me george w.

whatever. the french have a government? tee hee

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i watched part of their presidential debate last week (translated into english). and the woman came across as kind of wishy-washy...although if i were a french person i would have voted for her based on her political ideas.

Yeah, I haven't actually heard any of her speeches, but the impression I've gotten is that she lost partly for not having clear, set plans or policies. But hey, I'd rather vote for that, than someone who promises to clean out the scum of the ghettos with industrial cleaner.

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Hi All:

Lost so clearly defined me:

Small-minded ignorance and idiocy. You are both willingly stupid and find your stupidity funny.

Yep!! I'd rather be in the fog of pregnancy and mental illness than to be consummed by world politics. and I do find myself quite amusing and laugh when people fart.

living in my own dream world - just wish SSDI & alimony paid for a house on the beach -

december

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i'm finding it harder and harder to stay informed/keep up with the news, simply because most, if not all, news outlets keep repeating the same sound bites, the same quotes, the AP or Reuter article over and over and over.

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i'm finding it harder and harder to stay informed/keep up with the news, simply because most, if not all, news outlets keep repeating the same sound bites, the same quotes, the AP or Reuter article over and over and over.

Try international newspapers on the internet?

I like Pravda, but it's biased when it comes to Russian issues.

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"Because it has shunned steps that Britain, the Netherlands and even Germany have taken to make their economies more competitive, France's economic position has steadily declined. In a quarter century it has tumbled from seventh to 17th in global rankings of income per capita. Sarkozy understands the reasons: a bloated public sector, ever-rising government spending and a mandatory 35-hour workweek that the candidate rightly calls a catastrophe. If Sarkozy has been cautious about talking about remedies -- he has promised to ease overtime restrictions and cut taxes -- Royal has made it clear she would worsen the sclerosis. She has promised tens of billions of dollars in new spending on social programs without explaining where the money would come from."

Well that basta..err..uh...wait a minute.

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i always saw France as a country willing to go into figurative battle for their beliefs. in the face of british and US pressure, and even world pressure, they never condoned violence in iraq. whether or not we agree with the war is irrelevant; what strikes me is that France kept the faith and stuck to their guns.

now they've elected a wanna-be GW instead of someone, albeit a bit flakey, who would have continued the country's socioeconomic and military policies.

yes, change is needed if France is to remain a global power. however, i don't think that becoming the US is the answer. they hae a totally different history and place in the world right now.

i respected France for standing up and saying NO when everyone else said YES. i'm afraid that now there will be a regime like bush's that will change the face of world politics and end civil debate between nations. all productive ideas are good and welcome- France should not turn its back on its heritage or very socially-minded way of life that came from this heritage.

just IMO.

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The guy looks like a smarmy a-hole--bring anyone else to mind? I like how Bush called him to inform him that they were going to have good relations. What I don't understand is how is this guy going to be any different than Jacques and Dominique? Aren't they all center-right? To what extent did J and D's government manage to loosen labor laws and encourage a greater degree of capitalism? After all, France still has the evil socialist 35-hour work week.

The Western world has certainly come a long way in terms of the treatment of women, but you have to wonder if her being a woman played at least a small role in Royale's loss. We better get a white male candidate for the Dems so they can win--screw Hillary and Obama! I hate how now it's all about these cold statistical calculations they use to guess if someone can win. If it's going to be a squeaker or anything close--fuck the women and minorities and anyone who's not a pussy trying to pander to the masses of drooling idiots! John Kerry had too much dignity and gravitas and intelligence to win. Still, it pisses me off that so many lazy-ass people won't take their John Kerry '04 bumper stickers off their damn cars already. It's THREE years later! He lost!

Does anyone else think Mitt Romney comes off as a smarmy a-hole too? The Republican debate pissed me off because all the pro-choice candidates except for that one dude were too pussy to say that they were pro-choice--Guiliani being the first to come to mind. They are always trying to court the evangelical nutjobs. Oh--I just read part of a NY Times article that said Guiliani was going to be straight with people about his pro-choice views. Good for him. He's going to focus on the states that are more likely to be receptive to his views. Oh, and the three candidates that said they didn't believe in evolution, that was good too.

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i always saw France as a country willing to go into figurative battle for their beliefs. in the face of british and US pressure, and even world pressure, they never condoned violence in iraq. whether or not we agree with the war is irrelevant; what strikes me is that France kept the faith and stuck to their guns.

now they've elected a wanna-be GW instead of someone, albeit a bit flakey, who would have continued the country's socioeconomic and military policies.

yes, change is needed if France is to remain a global power. however, i don't think that becoming the US is the answer. they hae a totally different history and place in the world right now.

i respected France for standing up and saying NO when everyone else said YES. i'm afraid that now there will be a regime like bush's that will change the face of world politics and end civil debate between nations. all productive ideas are good and welcome- France should not turn its back on its heritage or very socially-minded way of life that came from this heritage.

just IMO.

France learned it's lesson about colonialism in the middle east after Algiers. It's less high minded idealism and more that they kept getting their airports bombed.

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  • 2 weeks later...

the french have a government? tee hee

Small-minded ignorance and idiocy. You are both willingly stupid and find your stupidity funny.

For Sale,

French military

rifles,brand-new,

unfired.

except for minor

scuffing on the

the stock butt.

So Algiers was a mess,

Din Bin Foo,

probably still a

National Holiday

in Ho Chi Min City.

Yes I have read

Bernard Fall.

Stasis

Street Without Joy,

Hell in a Small place,Dien Bien Phu

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