Current Premier Nicolas Sarkozy is not the most popular politician right now. Seen so often hand in glove with German leader Angela Merkel, Sarkozy's popularity has nose dived. That does not mean he will not win the election though. It will depend on the opposition, just how good they are and if the people believe that they can offer better than Sarkozy. As we all know change is not necessarily for the best. It could so easily be out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Currently there appear to be two front runners in the race for election victory. These two come from extreme opposites of the political spectrum. For the Left Francois Hollande proves frequently that he is a man of and for the people. His election campaign has meant that he is often seen in local markets and shops chatting to would be voters. Currently he is seen as the main contender to topple Sarkozy. His team claim to be quietly confident.
On the extreme Right there is the daughter of a French fascist. Marine Le Pen may have a more pleasing visible exterior than her father but there is no mistaking that she stands for the same policies. A backward thinking politician yearning for a French supremacy without multiculturalism.
Political pundits though are generally calling the French election a backward looking event. Embroiled in the Eurozone crisis France like so many of its allies is sailing close to the wind as far as its economy goes. The precarious position is leading French politicians and the people to hark back to better days. For the far right this means viewing immigrants as the cause of all their woes. It would be ironic if France were to elect Le Pen when you consider the Second World War. However stranger things have happened.
It is more likely however to be a race between Sarkozy for the Right and Hollande for the Left. It is 30 years since a Socialist won the French presidential election. Perhaps French people will decide it is time for change. Such a change would put a whole new spin on the Eurozone and current alliances. It could lead to an interesting period in EU politics.
Tags: French election, US election, Nicholas Sarkozy, Marie Le Pen far Right, Francois Hollande socialist, Socialism