Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Pro-American French Candidate?

Nicolas Sarkozy is emerging as one of the front runners in next year's French Presidential election. Super Frenchie has coverage of an interview that Le Monde recently conducted with Mr. Sarkozy.

I do not have time to review it completely here and now, but read what Frenchie has posted on it and follow his links. I cannot vote in the French election, for obvious reasons. But if I could, I'd give this guy a good look.

Note-I am currently working on some material on a French-American relations post that I will get to, when I can find some time to finish it up. So watch for it.

3 comments:

Shah Alexander said...

He is quite well known. But it is necessary to see him cautiously. Angela Merkel is still critical to US policy on Iraq.

In the war on terror, the gap between America and Europe still remains.

Despite this, his leadership in the Paris riot was impressive.

superfrenchie said...

shah: //Angela Merkel is still critical to US policy on Iraq.//

Is that bad?

Seems to me like a sure sign of wisdom...

//In the war on terror, the gap between America and Europe still remains.//

Surely. Europe, and particularly France, has had a lot more experience with terrorism, and is able to stop attacks without invading unrelated countries and creating more terrorism than it suppresses. Google "attacks in Paris Metro 1995" or "Eiffel Tower terror plot" for more details.

//Despite this, his leadership in the Paris riot was impressive.//

Hum! He almost started them singe-handedly! Google "Sarkozy" and "racaille" or "karsher" for more details.

Shah Alexander said...

Superfrenchie,

>>shah: //Angela Merkel is still critical to US policy on Iraq.//

Is that bad?<<

Not necessarily. Just it is important to understand that perception gaps between Europe and America are still wide. Everything is based on national interest rather than personal creed. Americans should not bee too optimistic to pro-American leaders. This is why I mentioned Angela Merkel.

I found an interesting article in the Washington Quarterly to understand the transatlantic gap. I will mention it in my forthcoming post.