French socialist victory is a disaster for Europe, but typical of our times

Both contestants were appalling, but France now signals the path to oblivion

Francois Hollande -- populist in chief
The Commentator
On 6 May 2012 19:40

It was always a case of one disastrous candidate or another. Sarkozy’s greatest achievement was to have spent much of his utterly wasted presidency under the shadow of Silvio Berlusconi. Why? Because otherwise, Sarkozy’s claim to be the Clown of Europe could not have been disputed.

Although we have no love for the euro, newly elected President Francois Hollande has also suggested he will work against the deficit reducing austerity policies that have been the only ideas holding the single currency from total collapse.

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