And yet, I am highly skeptical of anything meaningful or valuable coming out of this. Why you may ask? Because this is the same Socialist Party that wanted Dominique Strauss Kahn for a candidate and lamented his “sex scandals” (i.e. multiple accusations of rape, harassment and abusive behavior) that prevented him from becoming the Party’s presidential runner. Also, DSK and socialism? LOL. The guy that was head of the IMF would surely uphold values of social well being. So, you know, if these are the values the party has displayed so far, I am not exactly hopeful they will rule in a manner that is opposed to what they have done so far.
Hollande’s public statements indicate striking Middle Eastern policy similarities to the current government. Like Sarkozy, Hollande has declared that an Iranian nuclear missile would be unacceptable for Europe. Like Sarkozy, Hollande has called for a two-state solution in Palestine while trumpeting Israeli security as a key French concern.
The Socialist leader has been necessarily vague over French foreign policy. He currently lacks a dedicated adviser for overseas affairs. Instead of laying out detailed plans for France’s global relations, the Socialist challenger has made a point of criticizing Sarkozy in this regard.
Looking ahead to the next term in office, Hollande has struck a remarkably similar tone to the current government.
Sarkozy and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe have been among the most hawkish European officials to address the Syrian crisis, closing the French Embassy in Damascus and calling multiple times for President Bashar Assad to leave office. Sarkozy has issued incessant calls for a full ceasefire in Syria, and has somewhat ominously compared the restive city of Homs to Benghazi, Libya’s erstwhile rebel stronghold.
Hollande, for his part, declared last month that he would support military intervention in Syria, “if done within a [United Nations] framework.” Juppe has offered words to the same effect in recent weeks.
I’m a party pooper.
not surprised. I have been sour on this dude since someone in his party suggested that they building camps for the Roma. same old bullshit
Kenza Drider, a 32-year-old mother of three, was famously bold enough to appear on French television to oppose the law before it came into force. She refuses to take off her niqab – “My husband doesn’t dictate what I do, much less the government” – but she says she now lives in fear of attack. “I still go out in my car, on foot, to the shops, to collect my kids. I’m insulted about three to four times a day,” she says. Most say, “Go home”; some say, “We’ll kill you.” One said: “We’ll do to you what we did to the Jews.” In the worst attack, before the law came in, a man tried to run her down in his car.
Since France introduced its burqa ban in April there have been violent attacks on women wearing the niqab and, this week, the first fines could be handed down. But a legal challenge to this hard line may yet expose the French state as a laughing stock.(source)
The recipients of these fines say that they will take this all the way to European Court of Human Rights if they have to - according to my newspaper. Oh, I do SO hope that they’ll go ahead and do just that. Legally there’s very much doubt as to whether the French law will stand up to scrutiny in a Human Rights Court.