PARIS – Before his humbled and disappointed constituents Sunday evening at the Palace Elysée, Nicolas Sarkozy made clear that his time as a political candidate was over. While he did not explicitly resign from politics altogether in his concession speech, he declared that “Another time begins. In this new era, I will remain one of you. You can count on me to defend our values. My place will no longer be the same.” He assured[Read More…]
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UPDATED, PARIS – As of 5pm local time, the current participation rate is 71.96%, as reported by Le Monde. After polls opened at 8am Sunday morning, the Ministry of the Interior reports that within the first four hours 30.66% of the population had voted in the 2nd tour of the election, an increase from the noon turnout of the 1st tour (28.29%) but a decrease from the 2007 result (34.11%). While it is anticipated that[Read More…]
PARIS – In France, as in many countries in Europe, May Day marks International Workers’ Day, and today was even more tension-filled than usual. It is a national holiday in France, each year celebrated on May 1st. Schools and businesses have the day off, and every year the people take to the streets. Today was no different, in fact, today was even more politically charged than previous years. With the first round of elections finished[Read More…]