French Elections: Will the Left Return to Power?
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France's field of 10 presidential candidates narrowed to two after the first round of voting yesterday: incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, and Socialist Party candidate François Hollande, who led the field. Guest host Sara Terry explores what's behind Hollande's momentum, and what changes a left-wing government would make in the austerity program brought on by Sarkozy. How will a strong showing by the far right in the first round affect the final election on May 6? Also, George Zimmerman is release on bail, and when Congress won't act there's always the privilege of executive power. President Obama gets his game on.
Banner image: Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election François Hollande (foreground 2ndL) shakes hands with people, on April 23, 2012, in the western city of Quimper, during a campaign visit. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images
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President Nicolas Sarkozy came in second in the first round of voting in France's presidential elections yesterday behind François Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate. If he loses in the second round of voting on May 6, as many predict, Sarkozy would be France's first one-term president in 31 years. Analysts see the vote as a rebuke to the center-right president's austerity policies as well as his governing style. What can Sarkozy can do in the weeks ahead to win back voters, especially the far right? What changes would a Socialist government bring? If Hollande wins, how will he deal with the Euro crisis? How will French-US relations change?
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