France Elects Socialist President
May 8, 2012 by Bryan Nash
France will be a nation of equality, fairness and socialist policy if new president Francois Hollande delivers on his promises.
France went about 17 years without a socialist president. But that streak came to an end after Sundayâ€™s election. French socialist Hollande will be taking the reins from Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hollande won the office with 51 percent of the vote.
â€śIâ€™m proud to be in a position to give back hope,â€ť said Hollande during his victory party. â€śEveryone in the republic will be treated equally.â€ť
Hollande promises to pour his energy into the youth and wants â€śto be fair.â€ť Equality between men and women will be a major issue in Hollandeâ€™s program of progress and changeâ€”two words Hollande used to describe his upcoming presidency. â€śRemember your whole life this great gathering at the Bastilleâ€”it must tell the whole of Europe that change is coming.â€ť
When Sarkozy mentioned Hollande during his concession speech, the name was greeted by boos. But Sarkozy told his supporters to respect the new leader.
Hollande reportedly wants to raise taxes on big corporations as well as those who make over a million euros a year.
â€śI am a socialist,â€ť concluded Hollande amidst celebratory chants and cheers.