If you’re in France right now, you can’t help but know that the elections to vote for a new President are being held tomorrow. As a tourist you might say it really doesn’t matter who’s in office when you’re visiting the Louvre, or climbing up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it does matter to the French.
Conversations with a lot of my friends boil down to something like this: “We need major changes in France, but….” The underlying message seems to be, ….”but, don’t make changes that affect me.” The first round of votes were clearly divided between UMP conservative-right leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, who received a little over 31% of the votes and the Socialist Party candidate, Ségolène Royal, with nearly 26 percent.
If Marie-Ségolène Royal wins, she’ll become the first woman President in France, but will that be the only real change? If Sarkozy wins, will most of the changes affect legal and illegal immigrants? We shall see.
There are major, major issues and problems in France that need to be dealt with and reformed, but as one friend put it so well, “We want the new president to make changes, but leave everything the same.”
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