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Sarkozy concedes defeat

2012-05-06 20:32

Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Sunday he would not lead his right-wing UMP party into June's parliamentary polls, as his campaign spokesperson conceded defeat in the presidential.

"Stay together. We must win the battle of the legislatives. I will not lead that campaign," Sarkozy told senior party figures as he read them a draft of his concession speech, according to political sources at the meeting.

"I ran a campaign that addressed the French people, not the French on the left or the French on the right," he reportedly said.

Sarkozy's spokesperson, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, meanwhile conceded that "we have lost this election" [to Francois Hollande]  and party leader Jean-Francois Cope called for supporters to mobilise in time for the parliamentary vote.

Hollande is France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades.

The result will have major implications for Europe as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, and for France, the eurozone's second-largest economy and a nuclear-armed permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Comments
  • veldt66 - 2012-05-06 20:44

    Anti-immigrant Sarkozy racist idiot sent packing, wellcome to France 2012.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-06 23:10

      Careful what you embrace today. A socialist France will be bad for SA!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-06 23:10

      Careful what you embrace today. A socialist France will be bad for SA!

      Justine Cornil - 2012-05-06 23:24

      You are going to feel the aftermath of this right until SA. I live in France, is South African and I am fearing what is coming. Hollande is not capable of keeping the economy where Sarko brought it. I'm not a fan of Sarko, neither am I of Hollande. But this is bad...

      Justine Cornil - 2012-05-06 23:24

      You are going to feel the aftermath of this right until SA. I live in France, is South African and I am fearing what is coming. Hollande is not capable of keeping the economy where Sarko brought it. I'm not a fan of Sarko, neither am I of Hollande. But this is bad...

      David - 2012-05-07 12:32

      @ Veldt66: Do you live in France??

      veldt66 - 2012-05-07 12:47

      I live in EU, my country votes for the disasterous fiscal pact penned by MERKOZY end of this month. I hpe the whole thing is scrapped.

      David - 2012-05-07 14:41

      Ok where in EU: Spain, Greece or Portugal??

      David - 2012-05-07 16:04

      Oh no Sorry Dublin... Ireland! Thanks facebook. At least it confirms that you do not know what you're talking about ;-)

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-06 20:45

    Absolutely great ,to see democracy at work !! Hundreds of millions of citizens in many countries around the world are longing for this same right. And for sure; it will come to them !!!

      Malcolm - 2012-05-06 20:49

      Absolutely.

      Malcolm - 2012-05-06 20:49

      Absolutely.

  • isabel.hodgson.16 - 2012-05-06 20:46

    His moon is now "Blue Moon"

  • Stephen - 2012-05-06 20:47

    If Hollande upsets the apple cart trying to undo the austerity agreements with Germany, Europe will implode and, soon after, the rest of the world.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-06 23:16

      I think the whole Europe must take note not only note of the austerity agreements, but that it is a socialist government ie one that will want to look after its people in the form of state aid whether pensions or health care. The fact is that they will not be able to afford it. France is in for a storm and so is Europe and so is us.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-06 23:16

      I think the whole Europe must take note not only note of the austerity agreements, but that it is a socialist government ie one that will want to look after its people in the form of state aid whether pensions or health care. The fact is that they will not be able to afford it. France is in for a storm and so is Europe and so is us.

  • iamene1 - 2012-05-06 20:48

    "I will never be able to give back what France gave me". That is very cheeky monsieur Sarkozy.

  • nibishaka - 2012-05-06 20:57

    Go packing Sarkoz. The Ghost of Ghadafi is loughing at you now.Your Foreign Policy was a mess and an ambarrasment to the French people; I hope that France will find itself and its moral standing again. As for you, may be it will be good to revive the singing carrier of your second wife.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 04:55

      Nibishaka It is the economy , stupid !! In these elections, foreign policy was not at issue, and most certainly not the departure of that terrorist gaddafi !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 04:55

      Nibishaka It is the economy , stupid !! In these elections, foreign policy was not at issue, and most certainly not the departure of that terrorist gaddafi !!!

  • debbie.yates.31 - 2012-05-06 21:00

    This is not good news for France - Sarkozy might not have had a winning personality but I believe he was trying to do the right thing economically which is after all what really matters in this world and unfortunately the right thing is not always easy so he got voted out. Hollande wants to lower the retirement age again - is that really going to help?

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-06 21:45

    Sarkozy, the ghost of Gaddafi will haunt you until forever. The ghosts of poor people of Ivory Coast. Sarkozy invaded Ivory Coast and forced a regime change. He toppled Laurent Gbagbo and brought in a foreigner(Allasante Ouattara) from Burkina Faso to lead Ivory Coast. How can we trust United Nations in this regard, as it played a major role in outsting Laurent Gbagbo.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 04:57

      George, It is the economy, stupid !! In these elections, foreign policy was not at issue, and most certainly not the departure of that thug Gbagbo !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-07 04:57

      George, It is the economy, stupid !! In these elections, foreign policy was not at issue, and most certainly not the departure of that thug Gbagbo !!!

  • Andricca - 2012-05-06 23:26

    This is good news indeed. Classical capitalism has failed. Fukiama must be turning in his grave upon realization that he misread the implications of the end of the cold war. Those who hated the liberation movement because of its left socialist inclination are also being proven to be shortsighted. Socialism is the future, build it now!

  • Gilbert - 2012-05-07 02:51

    The reason why Sarkozy lost: Center Left (Socialist Party) + Extreme Left = United Center Right (Sarkozy's Party) + Extreme Right = Not United United we stand, Divided we fall... I just hope the French right gets its act together in the Legislative Elections in June A French-American guy...

  • nibishaka - 2012-05-07 09:08

    Hi Anthony,good to hear from u again. If foreign policy was not an issue, what was his confrontation with the media about? His dealing with and some 50m Euro he received from him for his campiagn in 2007. it is minimal isssue in the eye of electorate but still it is. And once again, may be if Ghadafi was alive, he was going to give him more money to win. Now he plotted to have him killed for a cover up; and he lost the second term.

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