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France and UK – Step-daughters of the ”mother” America

 French President, Francois Hollande (who recently was the subject of a huge mass-media scandal and following it separated from his long-time partner, Valerie Trierweiler), arrived at the White House, to the seventh official state dinner of Mr. Obama’s presidency, via limousine just after 7 p.m. According Washington Times, President Obama, clad in a black tuxedo, and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a formal black and “liberty blue” gown, greeted him at the North Portico of the White House. Two hours later, the two leaders toasted one another and, as they’ve done repeatedly in recent days, touted the deep, seemingly unbreakable Franco-U.S. bond.

Photo by: Pablo Martinez Monsivais First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama with French President Francois Hollande, center, pose at the Grand Staircase as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Photo by: Pablo Martinez Monsivais
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama with French President Francois Hollande, center, pose at the Grand Staircase as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“Our two countries share universal values and we have feelings for one another” Mr. Hollande said. “We love Americans, although we don’t always say so. And you love the French, but you’re sometimes too shy to say so.”

Mr. Obama said the relationship has thrived for so long because both nations stand for the same principles. “We love our French friends because we’ve stood together for our freedom for more than 200 years,” he said. “Long live the alliance between our great nations.”

Big brother has become the ”mother”

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Mr. Obama and Mr. Hollande held a joint press conference at the White House on the heels of a lengthy bilateral meeting. Asked by a journalist from the publication ”Le Figaro” if ”France has become the best European ally of the U.S. and has replaced Great Britain in that role?”, president Obama  tried a diplomatic evasion: ”First of all, I have two daughters.  And they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them. And that’s how I feel about my outstanding European partners.  All of them are wonderful in their own ways”. But Obama as not as thrilled when he had to answer ”why not extend to France the no-spying agreement that you have with England after the big scandal of the NSA’s surveillance program?” That’s not good ! probably thought U.S. President while he was saying: ”It’s not actually correct to say that we have a “no-spy agreement” with Great Britain.  That’s not actually what happens.  We don’t have — there’s no country where we have a no-spy agreement.  We have, like every other country, an intelligence capability, and then we have a range of partnerships with all kinds of countries.  And we’ve been in consultations with the French government to deepen those commitments”.

Some remarks about the great US-European family and its step-daughters:

Remember that the ”beloved daughter” UK said like an old song “goodbye America” to the mother’s/or big brother/ decision to intervene militarily in Syria. This was the first step that led to the subsequent diplomatic victory of Vladimir Putin. More, to remember about Snowden it means to remember Russia. And this while the U.S. led a hostile propaganda about Sochi Olympics rarely seen.  The moment was not missed nor in Obama – Hollande conference. Noticed that President Obama and French counterpart said that they are united in backing rebel forces in Syria’s civil war and charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin has the blood of Syrian people on his hands. The unusually pointed criticism comes in the midst of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

If we take into account that France needs help in its military expeditions in Africa, then quickly we understand the obedience and interested friendship 0f the president Hollande. European partners of military adventures are harder to find. And home his popularity is in freefall.

France and the UK were rarely able to speak a common language with the rest of EU, and also they are far from being the economic engine and the decision making core to outperform Berlin. Right, Berlin is harder to be appeased with emotionally-demagogic phrases like “daughterly strategic partnership”. Ah, bringing into question the revelations of Snowden‘s worse than Victoria Nuland′s nervousness, lack of tact and hers friendly ”Fuck EU” !

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Obama wishes to meet Hollande before G8 and NATO Summit

According Office of the Press Secretary of White House, “President Obama called President-elect Francois Hollande of France to congratulate him after the results of the French election.  President Obama indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr. Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges.”

More, President Obama noted that he will welcome President-elect Hollande to Camp David for the G-8 Summit and to Chicago for the NATO Summit later this month, and proposed that they meet beforehand at the White House. The trip to Washington will follow shortly after Hollande’s inauguration and his first trip abroad, to Berlin, where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The inauguration of France’s new president, Socialist leader Francois Hollande is set to take place on May 15, reports BBC. The date of the official ceremony was set by the French Presidential Candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande at the course of the negotiations taking place on May 7. Notice: French president-elect Francois Hollande said that he would reveal his choice for prime minister on May 15 when he is due to be inaugurated. ‘You will have the name of the prime minister on May 15,’ Mr Hollande told reporters.

France Presidential Election: A socialist at Elysee Palace…most likely – became certainty

French citizens are voting on Sunday in a crucial runoff that could see a Socialist win the presidential poll for the first time since 1988. On Saturday, as the polling stations opened in France’s overseas territories, starting in the tiny islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.

The two candidates competing in the second round are François Hollande, an opposition leader of the French Socialist Party, and Nicolas Sarkozy, incumbent president and leader of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement. The first round of the presidential race in France ended on April 22. Under Sarkozy, France pledged to rein in its spending while the rest of 17 countries that use the euro embark on a strict period of belt-tightening. The rating agency Standard & Poor’s this year downgraded France’s triple-A credit rating, citing in part its over-high state spending for straining public finances. Both Hollande, a moderate from the centre ground of the Socialist party, and Sarkozy have promised to balance the books – France hasn’t had a balanced budget for more than 30 years. Hollande has promised to renegotiate Europe’s fiscal pact on austerity and shift the focus to growth measures.

According WSJ, Hollande will wait for the announcement of election results in his native city Tulle. Sarkozy will be in Paris and is expected to deliver a speech to his supporters and journalists at the election headquarters after the name of the winner is known.

Update: Leading Brussels paper reporting Socialists claiming Hollande has won 53% to 47%. French voter participation at 5pm local time: 71.96% (more than in the 22 April first round) – according French Minister of Interior. An exemplary mobilization suggesting that the French have understood the importance their presence at the polls.

Update_2: Au revoir, Sarko ! Exit polls: Hollande – 51,9%; Sarkozy – 48,1%

  The Socialist Left are back in power in the Elysee Palace. Francoise Hollande is the 24th president of France. He is first Socialist president since François Mitterrand’s re-election in 1988. BBC Live footage of the crowds outside Socialist headquarters in Paris (Place de la Bastille) shows people cheering, waving flags, hoisting children into the air, one man pumping the air with his fist. Sarkozy has accepted the victory of Hollande. He phoned Mr Hollande to wish him “good luck”. Voice strained, Sarkozy thanks cheering supporters at his party headquarters in Paris (Place de la Concorde), saying it was an honour to have served France. Re-gaining the presidency is a triumph for the Socialists but the story is not over there: a new parliament is to be elected on 10-17 June in the country which made famous/notorious the term “cohabitation”. More, the new president will have no state of grace, leading a country crippled by public debt and in economic crisis, with unemployment nudging a record 10%, a gaping trade-deficit, stuttering growth and declining industry. France’s public debt is so high that interest repayments alone account for the second highest state expenditure after education.