I don't follow French politics, at all. Why don't people like Sarkozy? I'd assume any French leader who doesn't get invaded a successful one
Honestly, it all started bad with the day he was elected. Rather then meet with the people immediatly as was traditional he instead went to a party held by wealth supporters. People saw it as him being in the hands of the wealthy.
Weeks later it was found out the reason he had done this was that he and his wife were getting a divorce, but she had agreed to stick with him for a month or two after the election
His wife couldn't be found and he didn't want the embarresment of showing up without his wife. It was however too late after that and the table was set... a collection of blunders later, and France elected someone largely because he wasn't sarkozy. (Seriously, that's what the polls showed for the first election... most hollande votes were because he wasn't Sarkozy.)
To be honest, I'm surprised Sarkozy wasn't beaten by a larger margin. Before the election Hollande seemed to have unified the support from the left whilst Sarkozy struggled to get the extreme right on board.
Me too. I mean Le Penn refused to endorse him, which i'm not sure was hilarious or funny.
It makes me wonder... does france not have a primary system? Why didn't someone within the party look at the sitatuion and say "Hey, policy wise people still mostly agree with us, they just hate Sarkozy, lets replace him."
Should be interesting to see what Hollande does. He'd already made assurances with Merkel before elected that makes it sound like he's not going to go all the way through with his campagin promises. So it seems like he's leaning towards a sprint towards the middle to hold power, rather then try and accomplish his view in one term and hope it sticks.