French elect Sarkozy for next President
France elected Nicolas Sarkozy as the next French President on Sunday, msnbc.com is reporting. Sarkozy beats his female, socialist opponent Segolene Royal with 53% of the vote. Royal conceded minutes after the polls closed.
Sarkozy, the conservative candidate, will take over after Jacques Chirac's stagnant 2 term presidency. Sarkozy faces a country with a declining economy and declining international relevance.
Sarkozy has pledged that the U.S. will become a closer ally with France, and that Washington can expect "friendship" from his administration. Sarkozy, like Bush, is a hardliner on things such as immigration policy. Some in France worry that he will ignite long simmering tensions in the marginalized outskirts of Paris where many minorities reside.
Officials estimate that voter turnout was around 85% for this election, a 40 year high.