I don’t know how many Americans have been following the French presidential election, but it just ended and the center-right candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has won. This outcome, based on what I have been reading over the last few months, represents a HUGE shift in French politics. Strike one against the French social model! According the NYTimes, “Sarkozy has pledged to remake France by, among other things, slashing unemployment, cutting taxes, keeping trains running during strikes, making people work harder and longer, shrinking the government bureaucracy, reforming pension rules and making it easier to create new businesses.”
Great stuff, though I’m not sure about “making” French people work longer hours — I think the idea is to give them the option of doing so, as it is currently against the law. The promise to make entrepreneurship easier is particularly encouraging.