France Elects Francois Hollande President

Francois Hollande wins, and Sarkozy concedes defeat. While the French election seems remote to Latin American issues, the fact that a conservative’s economic austerity plans, the subsequent worsening of the economy, and the electorate ultimately removing said conservative from office in favor of a more leftist president should sound more than a little familiar to anybody who has paid attention to Latin American politics in the last twelve years. [Plus, as a French Department, French Guiana also now has a new president, so it’s not so remote to South America after all.]

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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One Response to France Elects Francois Hollande President

  1. Paola Bastillette says:

    Je suis franchement en colère.J’ai fait le choix de François Hollande pour président d’abord parce que j’ai vraiment cru au changement tel qu’il était proposé et à la constitution d’un gouvernement irréprochable. Quel désespoir de voir que François Hollande nomme en tant que chef du gouvernement Jean Marc Ayrault, qui n’est clairement pas irréprochable. Ayrault a tout de même était condamné à 6 mois de prison pour acte de favoritisme. Quelle déception….

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