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Tuesday May 15, 2012           10:54am EDT

French President Francois Hollande named veteran Socialist parliamentary leader and Germany-expert Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minister on Tuesday, an appointment which may help smooth negotiations with Berlin on tempering austerity in Europe.

The appointment of Ayrault, a former German teacher and long-time Hollande ally, was announced by the new president’s chief of staff.

The Socialist Hollande, who was sworn into office earlier on Tuesday, was already on his way to the airport for his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Ayrault has led the Socialists’ parliamentary group since 1997, earning a reputation for pragmatism which may serve the French government well as it seeks to reshape the Paris-Berlin axis.

The 62-year-old is now charged with forming a cabinet which will be unveiled in full on Wednesday.

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/15/us-france-government-ayrault-idUSBRE84E0TW20120515

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Jean-Marc Ayrault was born on January 25th, 1950 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marc_Ayrault

January 25th, 1950

1 + 25 +1+9+5+0 = 41 = his life lesson = Things get ugly.

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January 25th, 1950

January 25th

1 + 25 +2+0+1+2 = 31 = his personal year (from January 25th, 2012 to January 24th, 2013) = Controversy.  Things get out of hand.

Five of Wands Tarot card

31 year + 5 (May) = 36 = his personal month (from May 25th, 2012 to June 24th, 2012) = Having his work cut out for him.  Debt default.

Ten of Wands Tarot card

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Ms Trierweiler, the partner of Mr Hollande, has become the first unmarried 'Premier Dame' in French history

05:49 EST          7 May 2012

From a former supermodel with a reputation for partying with rock stars to a twice-divorced mother the French vote for president will see more than just economic policies change.

Valerie Trierweiler, 47, the partner of Mr Hollande, will become the first unmarried ‘Première Dame’ in history to enter the Elysee Palace on the arm of the country’s most powerful man.

The feisty magazine journalist was revealed as Mr Hollande’s lover when he separated from the mother of his four children, the politician Segolene Royal, with whom he lived for 30 years.

She had gained the nickname ‘Rottweiler’ after she slapped a colleague on Paris Match who said something she deemed sexist.

When the magazine put her on its cover under the headline ‘Francois Hollande’s charming asset’, she tweeted: ‘Bravo Paris Match for its sexism … my thoughts go out to all angry women.’

But despite her reputation, she has said that she intends to be more low key than her predecessor Carla Bruni.

‘I will stay among those accompanying,’ she said in an interview before the election. ‘I will bend to protocol. But it will be for me to find my place. First Lady is not something I’ve ever dreamed of. What I’m scared of is losing my liberty.

All smiles: The couple acknowledge supporters after victory in the French Presidential Elections at La Bastille All smiles: The couple acknowledge supporters after victory in the French Presidential Elections at La Bastille

French newspaper Liberation hailed the victory of 'President Normal'French newspaper Liberation hailed the victory of ‘President Normal’

‘I am not seeking notoriety and I am not seeking to grab the limelight.’

She has also voiced concerns at the prospect of losing her independence because of her partner’s new role – and so it seems a wedding is probably the last thing on the to-do list for the new power couple.

But as Hollande, 57, looks to build on his victory over Sarkozy with his anti-austerity reforms, it seems inevitable the French public will also begin to wonder if he will do the decent thing and propose.

Trierweiler says she and Hollande first met 23 years ago when she was a political reporter. He was married with a family, but otherwise leading a fairly routine existence.

Hollande makes much of his roots in Rouen, the dull Normandy city that reflects his desired provincial image as the hard-working son of a doctor father and social worker mother.

In reality, his family lived in the upmarket Bois-Guillaume ‘heights’ of Rouen — until forced to move as a result of his father Georges’s extreme Right-wing politics.

Georges was exposed as a close supporter of a former Vichy official who stood for president in a campaign managed by Jean-Marie Le Pen, later infamous as the Holocaust-denying founder of the Front National.

The ripples from this revelation led Georges to sell the family home and his clinic in 1968, when his son was 14. He retrained as an estate agent and moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine, the Parisian suburb that is Sarkozy’s fiefdom.

The move was so rapid his father binned his young son’s childhood possessions, including a cherished collection of toy cars.

Such a background left its mark. His biographer Raffy traces Hollande’s dislike of confrontation, his desire to compromise and his self-deflecting humour back to a childhood need to avoid his father’s anger and the brutal corporal punishment meted out at his strict school.

Francois Hollande acknowledges his supporters after ousting Nicolas Sarkozy as president in FranceFrancois Hollande acknowledges his supporters after ousting Nicolas Sarkozy as president in France

French kiss: The new 'first lady' Valerie Trierweiler and President-elect Hollande in an onstage show of affection during the victory rally in ParisFrench kiss: The new ‘first lady’ Valerie Trierweiler and President-elect Hollande in an onstage show of affection during the victory rally in Paris

‘Contrary to what his detractors believe, the man is neither cunning nor cynical,’ wrote Raffy. ‘He is simply in a posture of avoidance.’

He was, however, very close to his mother, Nicole, who stood as a Socialist candidate in Cannes in 2008. She died the following year, and Hollande has told friends he will dedicate his victory to her if he wins.

After moving to Paris, the preppy Neuilly-sur-Seine Lycee propelled the hard-working teenager into the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), which churns out the elite cliques dominating French politics, business and society.

In 1974, he spent the summer in the U.S. after winning a business school grant, driving from New York to San Francisco as Richard Nixon’s presidency crumbled amid the Watergate scandal.

He studied the invention of fast food, concentrating on McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, those symbols of globalisation — and concluded they would invade France, too.

‘I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers,’ he once told the New York Times. ‘But I finally chose politics.

Ousted: Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni leave the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the president, after his election defeatOusted: Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni leave the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the president, after his election defeat

It was while he was at the ENA that Hollande fell for Ségolène Royal, a young radical. They met at a student party and remained together for 30 years.

After they both became advisers to the Socialist President Francois Mitterrand in the early Eighties, Hollande became an MP in south-central France and rose to become head of the region.

In 1995, Hollande was appointed Socialist Party spokesman and, two years later, elected head of the party, a position he held for 11 years.

Grappling with the inflated egos and vicious factionalism of so-called comrades, he was viewed as someone who ducked difficult decisions and led from behind. ‘He is Mr Conciliator, Mr Compromise, Mr Consensus,’ said one old friend. With his pudgy features and portly frame, he was mocked by television satirists as ‘Flanby’ (a brand of caramel pudding) and Marshmallow Man.

Then came the blow of the 2007 presidential election. Despite his position as party chief, he failed to win the nomination and had to suffer the ignominy of his long-time partner Ségolène Royal seizing the crown in his place, only to lose against Sarkozy.

First Lady is not something I’ve ever dreamed of. What I’m scared of is losing my liberty.

Months later, Royal announced their separation; they had actually split the year before, since Hollande was having an affair with Trierweiler, a journalist on the magazine Paris Match.

The twice-divorced Trierweiler once slapped a colleague who said something she deemed sexist. When her own magazine put her on its cover under the headline ‘Francois Hollande’s charming asset’, she tweeted: ‘Bravo Paris Match for its sexism . . . my thoughts go out to all angry women.’

Royal and Hollande are no longer on good terms — unsurprisingly, since he calls his new partner ‘the love of his life’ in interviews. ‘Can anyone recall anything Francois Hollande has done in 30 years?’ Royal asked bitterly at one point, though she has since grudgingly backed him.

With the help of The Rottweiler, this campaign saw the emergence of a new Hollande.

He lost weight, sharpened his suits and ditched his old-fashioned horn-rimmed glasses. He started to mimic the mannerisms, the talk, even the walk of his hero Mitterrand.

Last year the eternal backroom boy was almost a joke, with just three per cent support in the polls. ‘Can you imagine Francois Hollande as president of the republic?’ said Laurent Fabius, a former Socialist prime minister. ‘You must be joking.’

Then came the downfall of the party favourite, the sexually incontinent Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Hollande seized the moment he had been preparing for all his life, seeing off five rivals, including Royal.

Glamour: Valerie Trierweiler at the opening of Direct Star in Paris in September 2010Glamour: Valerie Trierweiler at the opening of Direct Star in Paris in September 2010

The defining day came in January, in his first big rally, when he declared his desire to ‘reinvent the French dream’ to 15,000 ecstatic Socialists. His forceful oratory and fierce attack on capitalism took even his biggest fans by surprise.

‘My real adversary has no name, no face, no party,’ he thundered. ‘It will never be elected, yet it governs — the adversary is the world of finance.’

The racy rhetoric was backed by an old-fashioned Socialist programme of higher public spending and hefty taxes on businesses and the rich.

Last night David Cameron, who snubbed Mr Hollande during a recent visit to the UK, phoned the new president to congratulate him on his victory.

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘They both look forward to working very closely together in the future and building on the very close relationship that already exists between the UK and France.’
Labour leader Ed Miliband, who met Mr Hollande during his London visit, also sent his congratulations.

‘This new leadership is sorely needed as Europe seeks to escape from austerity, and it matters to Britain,’ he said.

‘In his campaign, he has shown that the centre-Left can offer hope and win elections with a vision of a better, more equal and just world.’

Mr Holland wants a change to strict rules which dictate how much member states can spend, without which most observers believe a new European economic crisis is inevitable.

He has pledged to slap a 75 per cent tax on those earning more than one million euros a year, or around £850,000. The move is expected to lead to an exodus of ‘le super rich’ – with many of them likely to head to London where the top rate of tax will be 45p.

Mr Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel spearheaded the cost-cutting treaty, and many have worried about potential conflict within the Franco-German ‘couple’ that underpins Europe’s post-war unity. Today Standard & Poor’s said that the Mr Hollande’s election would not have an immediate impact on France’s AA+ credit rating.

But they said there is ‘at least a one in three chance’ that it will be lowered before the end of 2013. City analysts said that while stock markets had expected a Hollande win, the results in Paris and Athens could tip the strained eurozone back into turmoil. Mr Hollande claimed that many voters in Europe would greet his election with relief.

‘Europe is watching us, austerity can no longer be the only option,’ he said.

Struggling to contain his emotions, Mr Sarkozy said: ‘I did my best to protect the French people during the events of the past five years, so that France could come out stronger from this crisis.’
He finished: ‘You are the eternal France, I love you.’

He is the 11th European leader to be swept from office since the start of the economic crisis in 2008.

from:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2140697/Valerie-Trierweiler-Will-Francois-Hollande-make-honest-First-Lady-unmarried-partner.html?ITO=1490

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Valérie Trierweiler was born on February 16th, 1965 (time of birth unknown) in Angers, France according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val%C3%A9rie_Trierweiler

February 16th, 1965

2 + 16 +1+9+6+5 = 39 = her life lesson = Charming.  Idealist.  Keep your promises.

Knight of Cups Tarot card

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February 16th, 1965

February 16th

2 + 16 +2+0+1+2 = 23 = her personal year (from February 16th, 2012 to February 15th, 2013) = Leadership.  Leading the way.

King of Wands Tarot card

23 year + 4 (April) = 27 = her personal month (from April 16th, 2012 to May 15th, 2012) = First unmarried ‘Premier Dame’.

Ace of Wands Tarot card

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Francois Hollande (L), Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, and his companion Valerie Trierweiler sit in a car as they leave a polling station in Tulle during the second round of the 2012 French presidential election May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Sun May 6, 2012          2:25pm EDT

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande won France’s presidential election runoff on Sunday, beating President Nicolas Sarkozy by a clear margin, according to projections by pollsters.

Polling institutes predicted Hollande would win between 51.8 and 52.0 percent of the vote versus Sarkozy’s tally of between 48.0 and 48.2 percent.

Hollande, who had led conservative incumbent Sarkozy in polls for months, would become France’s first Socialist president since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/06/us-france-election-projections-idUSBRE8450AR20120506

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François Hollande was born on August 12th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francois_Hollande

August 12th, 1954

8 + 12 +1+9+5+4 = 39 = his life lesson = Charming.  Keep your promises.

Knight of Cups Tarot card

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August 12th, 1954

August 12th

8 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = his personal year (from August 12th, 2011 to August 11th, 2012) = Dominating.  Taking charge.  In charge.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card

24 year + 4 (April) = 28 = his personal month (from April 12th, 2012 to May 11th, 2012) = Bold.  Daring.  Unstoppable.

Two of Wands Tarot card

28 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday May 6th, 2012) = 34 = his personal day = Getting people all fired up.  Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.

Eight of Wands Tarot card

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Francois Hollande: the Socialist pup on course to become France's next leader

April 19, 2012

The candidate — energetic, bold, indefatigable — is sure he will win, aides say, as he pulls energy from his big crowds.

“Take your destiny in your hands!” Nicolas Sarkozy shouted to the 100,000 or so who came to the Place de la Concorde to see him last Sunday. “People of France! Don’t have fear! They will not win if you decide that you will win!”

But the team around him has quietly started to have doubts about victory, and is debating the best strategy to try to overcome serious odds.

Mr. Sarkozy is in deep trouble and is looking, for now, as if he could be the first one-term French president since 1981. He appears to be running neck and neck with his main challenger, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, in the first round of voting on Sunday, when 10 candidates are competing. But all the opinion polls show Mr. Sarkozy losing to Mr. Hollande in a face-off two weeks later.

His possible defeat carries implications that would radiate far beyond Paris. Mr. Sarkozy has had contentious but valuable relationships with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a fellow conservative, on European and euro zone issues; with the British on defense issues, including the Libyan war; and with President Obama on issues involving Iran and Israel, NATO and Russia.

A victory by even a centrist Socialist like Mr. Hollande, who has advocated higher taxes on the rich and a greater emphasis on growth over austerity, would create immediate strains with Germany and rattle financial markets that are already nervous about the size of France’s debt. Mr. Hollande has also said that he wants to pull French troops out of Afghanistan sooner than NATO has agreed to do. Still, he says that his first visit abroad would be to Berlin, no matter how chilly the reception.

Mr. Sarkozy faces an electoral dilemma that is inherently tactical. Presuming he gets through to the runoff on May 6, does he continue to run to the right, or move to the center? And will it make enough of a difference anyway in a nation that admires what he promised at the beginning of his term five years ago — a “rupture” with the past — but not what he has delivered, which is a stagnant economy and unemployment at its highest level in 12 years?

Even more troubling for Mr. Sarkozy, the polls indicate that many French simply do not like him — his negative ratings are high — and that many of them will vote in the second round for the bland Mr. Hollande or simply stay home rather than see Mr. Sarkozy back in the Élysée Palace for another five years.

“Sarkozy is facing a real problem,” said Christian Malard, a senior analyst for French television. “Historically, when we look at the polls this close to the first round, no one has ever bridged such a big gap and won. He’s had some good ideas, and people say we need to reform this country in a world of ferocious competition. But Sarkozy is paying the price of his behavior, his manner — always in a rush and trying to solve every problem — and the French didn’t like that.”

Catherine Nay, Mr. Sarkozy’s biographer, calls the president a terrible communicator. “He never capitalizes on his successes, he changes the subject every day, people forget the next day what he did the day before, he fogs the brain,” she said. “He’s the victim of too fiery a temperament.”

Mr. Sarkozy is running hard to place first on Sunday to give him momentum going into the second round. And even if he trails Mr. Hollande on Sunday, he will remember that Jacques Chirac trailed his Socialist rival in the first round in 1995 and won anyway.

But to win on May 6, Mr. Sarkozy would need the votes of many who on Sunday will choose either the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, or the centrist, François Bayrou. Some experts suggest that Mr. Sarkozy may need as much as two-thirds of the voters from each of those two very different camps to win. That will require a difficult balancing act, the experts say.

“The trend is not good for Sarkozy, the gap is widening,” said Pierre Haski, the editor of the online newspaper Rue89. “He’s facing a real dilemma, because he needs to talk to two completely different constituencies, Bayrou and Le Pen.”

Given the animosity for Mr. Sarkozy felt by numerous Le Pen voters, Mr. Haski thinks that the president will move to the center, “where he has most to gain.” Mr. Sarkozy will continue to try to frighten centrist voters with Mr. Hollande’s vague economic plans, which feature higher taxes and more state spending, Mr. Haski said, while “a lot of Le Pen voters will at the end say, ‘We don’t want to see the neo-commies in the Élysée.’ ”

Mr. Hollande faces a threat from his left — from the rabble-rousing former Socialist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who is challenging Ms. Le Pen for third place in the polls. But his followers are likely to hold their noses and vote for Mr. Hollande, simply to defeat the right.

Working to his advantage is the fact that the public has tired of the grim business of budget cutting and is yearning for a different approach. Mr. Hollande is providing that, in the form of higher taxes on the rich, more state spending and an assault on inequality, themes that could conceivably reverberate beyond the Continent in subsequent years, particularly if they succeed.

Growing inequality has become a hot-button topic across Europe, and if Mr. Hollande were to win, the move to impose higher taxes on the wealthy could get a boost elsewhere, even in the United States, where President Obama has already promoted the so-called Buffett Rule to impose a minimum tax rate on incomes in excess of $1 million a year.

A potential victory by Mr. Hollande is already making the markets nervous about the willingness of France, and perhaps other European countries, to stick with pledges of austerity. That is true even though he promises to balance France’s budget by 2017. That, in itself, would limit his policy choices, says a prominent economist, Nicolas Baverez. But the same is true for Mr. Sarkozy, he says.

“No matter who is elected, France will have a major confrontation with the markets,” Mr. Baverez said. “There is very low growth and a huge public debt, and a refusal of the French political class to deal with the necessary cuts in public spending.” But with Mr. Hollande, he said, the test from the markets would come sooner.

Patrick Buisson is the éminence grise of the Sarkozy entourage, credited with fashioning the victorious Sarkozy campaign of 2007. A deeply religious man who began as a journalist on a rightist publication, Mr. Buisson argues that Mr. Sarkozy is wrongly criticized for flashy habits and rich friends, is a victim of the global economic crisis and will emerge victorious.

“Sarkozy doesn’t love money, he loves success, which is very different,” Mr. Buisson said in an interview.

The election is really about values and character, Mr. Buisson said, and Mr. Sarkozy will continue to defend the fundamental values of France and to challenge the competence of Mr. Hollande.

“Politics is the art of managing symbols, because they speak to the collective imagination,” Mr. Buisson said. Mr. Sarkozy won in 2007, he said, because he succeeded in combining the traditional electorate of the right with workers, traditionally on the left, worried about crime and immigration. The 2007 campaign was built “around the value of work and the rehabilitation of the value of work,” which was also a riposte to those who live off the state and thus off the work of others, he said.

Today, Mr. Sarkozy’s campaign is built around the “values of national identity,” of a protective state standing against the threats of globalization and uncontrolled immigration, Mr. Buisson said. “This time, the central theme has been to be the candidate of borders,” he added, “of the border that protects.” So Mr. Sarkozy has called for a Europe with tighter frontiers, fewer immigrants, more regulation and more protectionism for French industry.

All of this is meant to be a contrast to the notion of a Socialist Party of bureaucrats and professors who live off the state and favor multiculturalism, rather than reinforcing basic French values like assimilation and secularism, Mr. Buisson said. It is Mr. Sarkozy, not Mr. Hollande, who is best able to solve “the three crises that we have suffered — financial crisis, economic crisis and monetary crisis,” which “together have aggravated all the problems of French society,” he said.

Mr. Buisson has urged Mr. Sarkozy not to change strategy, and according to Le Figaro, the daily newspaper most aligned with the president, Mr. Sarkozy has so far decided to stay the course. “When Sarkozy does Sarko, he climbs; when he does Chirac, he drops,” a Sarkozy aide, who was not named, told Le Figaro.

To win, Mr. Buisson said, Mr. Sarkozy needs to turn around 1 million voters from an electorate of 44 million. “People vote differently in the second round,” he said. “The polls are never predictive, but just a snapshot in time.”

The second round is about the momentum won in the first, Mr. Buisson insisted, adding, “From the moment he has the momentum, he can reverse the balance of forces.”

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/world/europe/sarkozy-re-election-bid-in-trouble.html

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François Hollande was born on August 12th, 1954 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Hollande

August 12th, 1954

8 + 12 +1+9+5+5 = 39 = his life lesson = Charming.  Offers.  Proposals.  Keep your promises.  The story is only half told when one side tells it.

Knight of Cups Tarot card

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August 12th, 1954

August 12th

8 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = his personal year (from August 12th, 2011 to August 11th, 2012) = Dominating.  Taking charge.  In charge.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card

24 year + 4 (April) = 28 = his personal month (from April 12th, 2012 to May 11th, 2012) = Bold.  Daring.  Unstoppable.

Two of Wands Tarot card

28 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday May 6th, 2012) = 34 = his personal day = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.

Eight of Wands Tarot card

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comprehensive summary and list of predictions for 2012:

http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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http://numerologybasics.com/

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