Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Chirac's Troubles Coming From All Sides

Eursoc has some interesting updates on the battle between French President Jacques Chirac and the country's Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy, one of the most popular politicians in France today, is positioning himself for the next presidential election in 2007, and he's doing it by challenging Chirac, despite being from the same party. It's the French version of what recently happened in Canada when Paul Martin ousted Jean Chretien as leader of the Liberal Party and Canadian Prime Minister. And, as with the Canadian situation, those who are concerned about the state of western civilization and relations between the US and its old ally France, should be cheering on the much more reasonable Nicolas Sarkozy.

And, as Eursoc also reminds us, Chirac is also facing problems from an old foe, Jean-Marie Le Pen and the Front National. Regional elections are coming up in France in March and the Front National looks set to top their performance during the first round of the presidential election in 2002 when Le Pen ran second to Chirac. This development is not as welcome as the rise of Sarkozy, but it does say a lot about the discontent among French voters.


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