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Blue Skies - Maybe: Nicolas Sarkozy Wins

Posted by Skye |

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won France's presidential election on Sunday, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin and extending the right's 12-year grip on power.

Forecasts by four pollsters showed Sarkozy, 52, a hard-line former interior minister, won around 53 percent of the vote in the second-round ballot and will succeed fellow conservative Jacques Chirac, who was president for 12 years.

Turnout was predicted at about 85 percent.

Sarkozy an ally of the US? That remains to be seen, as Reuters labels Sarkozy as a conservative like Chirac. These les amies have not my trust, or friendship. Truthfully, I am disappointed in Royal's loss, she most certainly would have held fast to current policies that pointed France in the direction of a third world dictatorship.

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