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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.”



François Hollande was born on August 12th, 1954 according to

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


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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France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and French First lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are seen at the end of a lunch with South-Korean President Lee Muyng-Bak and his wife Lee Kim Yun-ok at the presidential Elysee palace in Paris on May 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

October 20th, 2011

Carla-Bruni-Sarkozy has announced the name of her baby, and it’s one that will very likely be a mainstay in the fashion world or Hollywood 20 years from now.

In a message on her website, the first lady of France wrote: “I am deeply touched by the many messages of congratulations that I have received since the birth of our daughter Giulia. On this happy occasion, my husband joins me in expressing our warmest thanks to all those of you who sent us these tokens of your kindness.”

Giulia is the Italian translation of Julia. Bruni-Sarkozy was born in Italy.

France’s first lady gave birth yesterday in Paris. As the news spread, crowds of onlookers mixed with paparazzi and plainclothes police officers gathered outside the private clinic.

Bruni-Sarkozy and Nicolas Sarkozy wed in 2008, three months after their first meeting. Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, has a 10-year-old son with the philosopher Raphael Enthoven. Sarkozy, 56, has three sons from two previous marriages. He is the only French leader to have divorced and remarried while in office.

Bruni-Sarkozy has become a star in her own right since marrying the French president. She released songs about her husband and appeared in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris.”

But with her latest project, she’s being more low key. She and Sarkozy have previously expressed the wish that images of their daughter will not be sold or shared with media.



Carla Bruni, France’s first lady, has given birth to a baby girl at the La Muette private clinic in Paris. Although the presidential couple are yet to comment, the girl is rumoured to be named ‘Dahlia’, according to the UK’s Independent newspaper.

The baby, who has been expected for a fortnight, was born around 7.30pm on Wednesday evening (19th October 2011) – President Nicolas Sarkozy immediately flew back from Germany where he was in urgent talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel about saving the euro. He had visited his 43-year-old wife for around half-an-hour earlier this week, but was forced to leave for the crisis talks. The child, the first to be born to a serving French president, is the second for Bruni – she has a son from an earlier relationship. Sarkozy is already a parent to three boys from his two previous marriages. According Afp, the first lady had not known the baby’s sex and during a pre-recorded interview for French television, due to air on Thursday (20th October 2011), she said, “We’ve arranged for it to be a big surprise. Obviously, a nice surprise”. News of Bruni’s pregnancy was kept safely under wraps for several months, but the couple were forced to confirm the news after intense media speculation.

A singer-songwriter, actress and former model, Bruni made a recent cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s Parisian romantic-comedy ‘Midnight in Paris’.



Wednesday October 19th, 2011

October 19th, 2011

10 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy’s life lesson = what she is here to learn = France.  French.  Courage.  Loyalty.  Bighearted.  Standing up for herself.


October 19th, 2011

October 19th

10 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = her personal year (from October 19th, 2011 to October 18th, 2012) = France. French. Loyalty.

33 year + 10 (October) = 43 = her personal month (from October 19th, 2011 to November 18th, 2011) = Congratulations.  Welcome.  Hello.  Nice to meet you.

43 month + 19 (19th of the month on Wednesday October 19th, 2011) = 62 = her personal day = Restricted from the public.


using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9



Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy

7                            7



how she obtains her heart’s desire = GY = 77 = Refined.  Sophisticated.




Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Carla Bruni-Sarkozy , the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, attends an event at the Andy Warhol Museum with other spouses of world leaders attending the G-20 Pittsburgh Summit September 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Heads of state from the world's leading economic powers arrived yesterday to discuss world economic growth during the two-day summit.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was born on December 23rd, 1967 according to

December 23rd, 1967

December 23rd

12 + 23 +2+0+1+0 = 38 = her personal year (from December 23rd, 2010 to December 22nd, 2011) = Wife and mother.  Mother and baby.  Caring.  Nurturing.

38 year + 9 (September) = 47 = her personal month (from September 23rd, 2011 to October 22nd, 2011) = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. Internationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy. Eminent. Prominent. Legacy.




Nicolas Sarkozy was born on January 28th, 1955 according to

January 28th, 1955

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = his personal year (from January 28th, 2011 to January 27th, 2012) = Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy. France. French. Courage. Loyalty. Bighearted. Taking a stand. Not backing down.

[A person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy was born on October 19th, 2011.  10 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = Dahlia Bruni-Sarkozy’s life lesson number.

That it is his 33 year indicates that his daughter Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy will be significant to him during his 33 personal year (’til January 27th, 2012).]

33 year + 9 (September) = 42 = his personal month (from September 28th, 2011 to October 27th, 2011) = Love.  Relationships.  Deep sharing.




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