Francois Hollande has had the kind of month most politicians enjoy once in a lifetime. After an unexpectedly large victory in the Presidential election, his troops followed up with a remarkable triumph in the legislatives, delivering him an absolute majority in the Chambre des Deputes, without the need to compromise with the Left Front or the Communists. The Socialists now control the Chambre, the Senate, and almost all the regions. It is “La Vie en Rose” across the politicaal landscape, for the first time under the Fifth Republic. That may well, however, be as good as it gets, and he should bask in his success while it lasts. Because dark clouds are gathering, and the honeymoon is likely to be very short-lived. Continue reading »
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