TITLE

Collateral

AUTHOR(S)
Giry, Stephanie
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;12/13/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 24, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the impact of U.S. President George W. Bush's reelection on French and European politics. Bush's reelection was a major disappointment in France, where polls show that three-quarters of the population had been hoping for a John Kerry victory. Yet Bush's reelection is not all bad for the French political class--and especially not for President Jacques Chirac. U.S. struggles in Iraq have, for many Europeans, validated Chirac's opposition to the war. And a second term of Bush's unilateralism may now help justify Chirac's continued reluctance to get involved in Iraq, bolster his campaign for a stronger European Union and an international system that can check U.S. power, and maybe even boost Chirac's chances for reelection in 2007. After an appalling upset during the last national election, when Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin lost to Le Pen in the first round, Socialists have stolen seats from Chirac's center-right party in local, regional, and European elections. Like Chirac, Francois Hollande, leader of the Parti Socialiste, wants to turn Bush's reelection into an argument for adopting the constitution to strengthen the European Union.
ACCESSION #
15315273

 

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