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Riots predicted if Sarkozy wins in France

A repeat of the 2005 violence in working-class suburbs is predicted if frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday’s election in France. As the French interior minister, Sarkozy has alienated second-generation minority immigrants using an American-inspired combative style to deal with crime. His opponent, Segolene Royal of the Socialist Party is warning the population of the danger of violence and brutality that is sure to occur if they make the mistake of choosing Sarkozy. Sarkozy is himself a son of an immigrant, a Hungarian refugee, and has done much to improve the status of minorities, albeit with a zero-tolerance style ala Rudy Giuliani that does not agree with some. He supports affirmative action and promises to find jobs for 250,000 disadvantaged youths before the end of the year. Saturday's New York Times focuses on Sarkozy in this article, detailing his strengths and weaknesses and only slightly mentioning his opponent, Royal, and then only to refer to Sarkozy and his campaign, not what her platform is.

The Washington Post carried an AP account, byline of La Defense, of the election. This article focuses on the bottom line from this modern, business district city that embraces capitalism. We discover that both candidates want France to reclaim its role as a world leader and the country’s enticing social benefits are listed, such as a minimum wage that is among Europe’s highest, guaranteed low-cost health care, long vacations and generous unemployment compensation.
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According to BBC News, Sarkozy has taken the presidency. After a turnout of about 85%, Sarkozy is estimated to have won 53% of the vote. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy said he would be the president of all the French, he believed deeply in European integration, and US could count on France’s friendship. Ms. Royal was gracious in her concession speech, expressing hope that “the next president of the Republic? would accomplish his mission at the service of all the French people.