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French President Sarkozy and wife announce split – a forerunner of what is to come for the US?

Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007

The US may be getting accustomed to the idea that in 2008 there may be a “First Man” rather than the traditional First Lady, but are they ready for a separated presidential couple? We can argue that it does not matter, or shouldn’t, but the fact is it does and it will as it did in French election and would certainly in US as well. The politics of the Democratic and Republican parties’ aside, the US is by far a more conservative country than France, indeed any western country with the exception of Ireland.

Even thought the French public has long been accustomed to the intimate extramarital forays of their presidents, their spouses and paramours, Sarkozy and his party was keen to postpone this announcement until well after the elections.

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Is France coming around to our side?

Posted by TP on Friday, October 12, 2007

I hear a different tone in the recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy on relations with the U.S. and its position in the world. Is this Frenchman cut from a different cloth? One that is resolved to the reality that France is not the most important country in the world, that English-not French- is the the most widely spoken language in the history of the world, that it was in fact the “ketchup and hot dog” loving Americans that saved them and their croissants from WWI, WWII, WWIII (a.k.a., the “cold” war) and South East Asia (yes, we actually got our start in Vietnam at their “invitation” to rescue over 5,000 French soldiers)? Or should we finally learn from our own history and resolve ourselves to be weary of flowery advances from foreign politicians and home grown courtesans, alike- regardless of how enticing it seams.

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