"A Hollande presidency couldn't be any worse"

Apr 21, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Swissinfo

Switzerland and its banking secrecy laws have come into the line of fire of French presidential candidates looking to boost the public purse by taxing expatriates.

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the examiner

Montréal, Canada

#61 May 7, 2012
ronan wrote:
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I don't think that would be a wise move.
For it would smack of cronism, something the socialists have been blaming Sarkozy for.
Second, that would be very badly received by the PS machine where Royal isn't the flavour of the month. She has been sidelined by Aubry and Royal is now considered as a lame duck in the party.
Imagine Strauss-Kahn as prime minister. He will name many ladies as ministers in his cabinet. The prime minister must be a PS person. It can't be a person from the right wing like Bayrou, can it?
ronan

UK

#62 May 7, 2012
the examiner wrote:
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Imagine Strauss-Kahn as prime minister. He will name many ladies as ministers in his cabinet. The prime minister must be a PS person. It can't be a person from the right wing like Bayrou, can it?
It may be a good thing that DSK eliminated himself from the job by his own doing.
He may have ended up like Sarkozy, as somehone who is quite electable but reveals to have no substance in office.

DSK may have indeed surrounded himself with women (like Berlusconi), most of them having passed through his "casting couch" first.

Even the lay-back French media wouldn't have failed to report that, adding more distraction to his presidency. We have seen how disruptive Sarkozy's cronism was for the government, with female ministers falling out of grace and forced to leave their jobs.

I would think that Hollande will choose a fellow Socialist as Prime Minister. It's a very prominent job, according to the French constitution, and some say that it's even more important than the president's role.

The French Prime Minister leads the cabinet (where the president is absent) and therefore must be selected to follow closely the pre-arranged policies.
the examiner

Montréal, Canada

#63 May 8, 2012
ronan wrote:
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It may be a good thing that DSK eliminated himself from the job by his own doing.
He may have ended up like Sarkozy, as somehone who is quite electable but reveals to have no substance in office.
DSK may have indeed surrounded himself with women (like Berlusconi), most of them having passed through his "casting couch" first.
Even the lay-back French media wouldn't have failed to report that, adding more distraction to his presidency. We have seen how disruptive Sarkozy's cronism was for the government, with female ministers falling out of grace and forced to leave their jobs.
I would think that Hollande will choose a fellow Socialist as Prime Minister. It's a very prominent job, according to the French constitution, and some say that it's even more important than the president's role.
The French Prime Minister leads the cabinet (where the president is absent) and therefore must be selected to follow closely the pre-arranged policies.
Who will be the first lady of France? Hollande doesn't have a wife. He will have to marry his journalist girl friend or go alone to parties
British Expat

Agde, France

#64 May 8, 2012
I suggest those who pontificate about President Hollande, should perhaps first of all reflect on thier own failed politicians. Talking to my many French friends, Hollande is a breath of fresh air for France! They are sick and tired of how Sarko so easily sucked up to the USA and thier warmongering.

Sarko is looking for a job!! JP Morgan? Goldman Sachs? Or any position with the BANKSTERS.
British Expat

Agde, France

#65 May 8, 2012
Mary Montoya wrote:
What a World! If America settles for more from Obama and France votes for union tax slavery with Hollande we all better hope our kids have little hope for a decent future.
France and America will be far more violent than Greece when Big Unions causes Big Brother to go broke.
LOL. Big brother USA is already broke.(except the 1%) Ask the Chinese.
ronan

UK

#66 May 8, 2012
the examiner wrote:
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Who will be the first lady of France? Hollande doesn't have a wife. He will have to marry his journalist girl friend or go alone to parties
Unlike in the USA, French politicians usually don't use their family to further their career and often their spouse or partner stays in the background.
Sarkozy broke that rule by playing to the gallery with his ex-model new wife.

There is no such thing as a 'first lady' in France; that's an American concept. Being married is not a requisite to be French president. The broad-minded French public perfectly accepts that Hollande never married, had four children and is in a new relationship.

According to Hollande, him and Segolene Royal made a wow never to get married, and they still had a large family.Until now, the media in France had kept discretion about the president's private life. I hope it stays that way.
France has a privacy law anyway. Press intrusion into private life is condemned.
the examiner

Montréal, Canada

#67 May 8, 2012
ronan wrote:
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Unlike in the USA, French politicians usually don't use their family to further their career and often their spouse or partner stays in the background.
Sarkozy broke that rule by playing to the gallery with his ex-model new wife.
There is no such thing as a 'first lady' in France; that's an American concept. Being married is not a requisite to be French president. The broad-minded French public perfectly accepts that Hollande never married, had four children and is in a new relationship.
According to Hollande, him and Segolene Royal made a wow never to get married, and they still had a large family.Until now, the media in France had kept discretion about the president's private life. I hope it stays that way.
France has a privacy law anyway. Press intrusion into private life is condemned.
I think he will have to get married with his girl friend like Sarkozy. The "First lady" title may be an American thing many countries in the world also have a conservative view about a president of a country not being married with his girl. When Sarkozy visited some of the gulf states, Carla Bruni stayed back in France. Then he visited India. This time he brought Carla Bruni along as his girl friend. They were wondering whether to let her stay in the same room as Sarkozy. Also the state dinners normally are reserved for the visiting president and his family. In what honour should the girl friend come and dine with them?

Besides, even in France, taxpayers may not let her live in the Champs Elysees and enjoy the same protection as the president.
ronan

UK

#68 May 8, 2012
the examiner wrote:
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I think he will have to get married with his girl friend like Sarkozy. The "First lady" title may be an American thing many countries in the world also have a conservative view about a president of a country not being married with his girl. When Sarkozy visited some of the gulf states, Carla Bruni stayed back in France. Then he visited India. This time he brought Carla Bruni along as his girl friend. They were wondering whether to let her stay in the same room as Sarkozy. Also the state dinners normally are reserved for the visiting president and his family. In what honour should the girl friend come and dine with them?
Besides, even in France, taxpayers may not let her live in the Champs Elysees and enjoy the same protection as the president.
I hope Hollande doesn't bow to pressure and marry just to satisfy the protocol in some country.
If I was him, I would tell them to get lost!
Who says his girl friend wants to accompany him everywhere? She may not like the limelight; who knows.

If anyone is going to do away with these stupid prejudices, it may be a French first. What the purists will say if a president (male)brings his husband (also male)? After all, same sex marriage will soon be recognised in several countries!!!

Some French president didn't reside at the Elysee Palace (not the Champs Elysees!!!) but somewhere in Paris, and used the Presidential residence for work, reunions and receptions only.
Mitterand used to run 2 families in different parts of Paris; I don't recall anyone complaining about it. His illegitimate daughter and her mother also enjoyed protection.
Zionist Destroyer

Anonymous Proxy

#69 May 8, 2012
So the FRENCH people have the unfortunate option to choose between Sarkozy the Jew or Hollande the Jew. The genocide of the French people will continue like the Globalist Jews want either way. Only Front National, the French people and a FRENCH President can stop the satanic ZOG government in France.

http://radioislam.org/islam/english/index_wes...

Since: Mar 12

Vauréal, France

#70 May 8, 2012
the examiner wrote:
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Who will be the first lady of France? Hollande doesn't have a wife. He will have to marry his journalist girl friend or go alone to parties
She is his partner, accompanied him through the campaign like any spouse would have done. Why couldn't she go with him ? I have the feeling it is time to move on and stop countin on the pretty (or not so pretty) wife as a ticket... Women now have their own life and careers to attend to although in her case I don't know how she could manage between her position and her line of work.
the examiner

Montréal, Canada

#71 May 9, 2012
Tigerrlily wrote:
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She is his partner, accompanied him through the campaign like any spouse would have done. Why couldn't she go with him ? I have the feeling it is time to move on and stop countin on the pretty (or not so pretty) wife as a ticket... Women now have their own life and careers to attend to although in her case I don't know how she could manage between her position and her line of work.
Foreigners don't read Paris Match so they don't know all the detail about Hollande's relationship with his partner. They only see a girl wrapping her arm around his waist, accompanying him every where during the campaign and who is not is wife. She can be a woman of easy virtue or a good, dedicated partner of his. Just imagine DSK as president of France wrapping his arm around a chambermaid visiting a foreign country.
ronan

UK

#72 May 9, 2012
the examiner wrote:
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They only see a girl wrapping her arm around his waist, accompanying him every where during the campaign and who is not is wife. She can be a woman of easy virtue or a good, dedicated partner of his..
So, f****ing what?

Are we supposed to care what others think?

You make me laugh with your expression of " a woman of easy virtue " !
What does that mean? This is the 21st century, for christ's sake.

A lover, a mistress, a companion is not a woman of easy virtue.
the examiner

Montréal, Canada

#73 May 10, 2012
British Expat wrote:
I suggest those who pontificate about President Hollande, should perhaps first of all reflect on thier own failed politicians. Talking to my many French friends, Hollande is a breath of fresh air for France! They are sick and tired of how Sarko so easily sucked up to the USA and thier warmongering.
Sarko is looking for a job!! JP Morgan? Goldman Sachs? Or any position with the BANKSTERS.
Sarko is Hungarian of origin. Unlike the real French Eastern Europeans are always pro Americans. Even he was born in France, his parents are immigrants and they keep reminding him of his origin.

“NRL”

Since: Apr 12

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#74 May 10, 2012
The EU is influenced by the Vatican... A dark hole is converging upon Europe! Pull out the weed and save the flower...
Fair Trade Management

Switzerland

#75 May 12, 2012
Economy and Finance should be fair to people, but sometimes it's not:
http://FairTradeManagement.com
la fouine

Jakarta, Indonesia

#76 Jul 1, 2012
God must be funny in France. Out of millions surname in French, why do the French have to have 2 presidents with nation surname?

Charles de Gaulle is an example how every French president should behave. As his name suggest, he is a real Gaulois, unlike Francois Hollande who will transform France into another Holland (run by immigrants).
cosy

Bern, Switzerland

#77 Jan 14, 2013
Cut To The Chase wrote:
Is Sarkozy out because he had disagreements with angela merkel?
no, not at all. Sarkosy and his party are completely grounded by their behavor. One have to know that Europe and specially France has a long history of socialisme and humanism. The hardliners like chicago boys / falks has no long stand.
Kurt

Germany

#78 Jan 15, 2013
sarkozy presiduncery would be worse.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#79 Jan 18, 2013
cosy, you come closest than any of the posters. Some say Germany and Merkel are leading France. the French are a class all their own. The French are a lot like Georg Wilhelm of Brandenburg in the early seventeenth century. He oscillated between the Hapsburgs and Bourbons whenever it suited Brandenburg's purpose. Later, his grandson oscillated between Austria, France and Sweden when it was politically expedient. Indeed France has a looong history of socialisme and humanism. France was in the midst of all this socialisme and humanism when Germany didn't exist.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#80 Jan 18, 2013
As for the states across the ocean, no sweat. It is going under European socalism under the reign of Obama. Europe does not stop at the Atlantic. Europe extends from the Urals westward to San Francisco Bay, you know, San Fran the home of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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