Worldwide reactions to the election of François Hollande
“A disaster for Europe”; this is how British blogger, John Ward regards the election of socialist, François Hollande as French president. John, a former local politician considers that the left’s arrival to power will hasten the end of the Euro and engender a political crisis on a European level for which Great Britain should be prepared.
The choice of the French people should therefore have a decisive influence on the EU’s destiny. This is also the opinion of Kemal Derviş. In an article published on the site of the Brookings Institute of Washington, the economist believes that France’s refusal of austerity as a solution to the crisis could inspire other member states and encourage Europe to reinvent its social model.
Meanwhile, Beninese journalist, Marcus Boni Teiga hopes that the Hollande presidency will open a new chapter in Franco-African relations. In this article published on the Slate Afrique site, he asserts that the black continent has been stigmatised over the last five years regarding questions such as immigration. And he expects the new French President to work towards respect for democracy, justice and human rights in Africa.
On his blog, Chinese reporter, Zheng Ruolin also questions the Elysee’s future foreign policy, a theme which in his eyes, was very little touched upon during the campaign. He considers François Hollande to have little experience in the field and does not think therefore that he will bring in any sweeping changes, even if, in his opinion, the new President could soon make symbolic decisions, such as the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.