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La République Française has a new president. After weeks of constant debates on TV, endless campaigning and heated election conversations over dinners, the people of l’hexagone have spoken.
François Hollande‘s 51.9% win to outgoing President’s, Nicolas Sarkozy‘s 48.1%, is being accompanied by jubilant celebrations in Paris by Socialist Party supporters, in the rain, as well as all over the country.
It’s a number of firsts in many years for France’s political scene:
The first socialist win since 1988; a first for Sarkozy’s loss, as a French president failing to be re-elected in 30 years; and a first for Marine Le Pen‘s National Front’s garnering of the biggest support since it’s formation. Immigration issues were raised, cultural issues were brought to the fore, but ultimately the economy and resulting socio-economic issues won out. Disenchanted french people are looking for change – for growth and economic stability, which are current European issues and Hollande’s campaign line, Le Changement – C’est maintenant has promised this change. How that pans out remains to be seen.
I am prepping my vocabulary for tomorrow’s discussion in my french class – it has been weeks of discussions of the politics of France; as educational and informative as it has all been, I am glad to be going back to the correct use and form of the subjonctif and the many and varying ways in which I can liberally sprinkle english words and vocabulary in my everyday french speak, and sound perfectly French doing it. François Hollande won? C’est cool.