Socialist Wins French Election

#1
Oh goody. Promises all sorts of spending for the French. Stand by for us to pay for it!
 
#2
What he was saying in his campaign made a lot of sense (you need to grow the economy and not just keep on cutting spending).

Whether he can actually deliver is, obviously, another question entirely.
 
#3
He has been deliberately vague about where the money will come from for all the planned expenditure ....

My 18 year old son told he me was waiting outside the polling station for 30 mins to vote this morning, and was first in the queue. I thought that was very commendable at his age getting up so early to vote. He then admitted he was on his way home from the night before ...
 
#4
This win means most French troops should be gone from Afghanistan by the end of this year. It won't change much in terms of effects in their AOR since TF Lafayette had drastically cut its Ops in RC-E since July 2011, the overarching political directive being "no more casualties".

Hardware will take longer though; current estimate run at least until the end of 2013.
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#5
What he was saying in his campaign made a lot of sense (you need to grow the economy and not just keep on cutting spending).

Whether he can actually deliver is, obviously, another question entirely.
Except that he did not say where the money was going to come from.....

Expect a lot of promises, most of which will be either broken or re-spun within 6 months. The simple fact is some bright people in the background will be telling him what the current market and economic situation will allow.

Still leaves plenty of scope to balls things up for France in the short term, but the French market analysis last week was not overly concerned about any medium to long term impact.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
I'd loved to have been a fly on the wall when Sarkozy rang Frau Merkel to tell her.
 
#7
Except that he did not say where the money was going to come from.....

Expect a lot of promises, most of which will be either broken or re-spun within 6 months.
Clearly, he is a politician...

It does make sense that improving your income as well as cutting your bills is preferable to cutting your bills alone though. As I said, whether he can actually deliver is clearly another question entirely.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#8
He has been deliberately vague about where the money will come from for all the planned expenditure ....

My 18 year old son told he me was waiting outside the polling station for 30 mins to vote this morning, and was first in the queue. I thought that was very commendable at his age getting up so early to vote. He then admitted he was on his way home from the night before ...

At least he acknowledged his social responsibility! Good drills!
 

Alsacien

MIA
Moderator
#9
Clearly, he is a politician...

It does make sense that improving your income as well as cutting your bills is preferable to cutting your bills alone though. As I said, whether he can actually deliver is clearly another question entirely.
He will only be able to deliver what he is allowed to by external forces.

Promising to address growth when the issue is already well advanced was not a hard call to make.....
 
#12
So does this mean that CMD's cunning plan to flog off all our carriers and rely on a frog one is tout le phucked?
 

Auld-Yin

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#13
Well, if the Franc (oops sorry, Euro) takes another tumble then I may just book a holiday in France to celebrate cheap living.
 
#15
Well, if the Franc (oops sorry, Euro) takes another tumble then I may just book a holiday in France to celebrate cheap living.
Well, the holidays booked for the middle of the month, just need the Euro take take a dive.

Anyone remember whebpn we were getting 1.75 to the £?
 
#18
How will this affect the UK?
How could this affect the UK?

Cheers.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
Shamlessly stolen from twitter:

"Hollande talked about a 75% tax rate for the richest. It's that kind of left wing rhetoric that makes you unelectable. Oh, hang on..."

Maybe Labour will feel emboldened to put clear red water between themselves and the coalition....
 

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