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  • After the exhilaration of victory on Sunday night, reality dawned. Or, to put it differently, the euphoria of the last night was becoming as flat as the remnant of the unused champagne in the celebratory bottle.There is no doubt that François Hollande is going to do his best for France but will the Market let him?

    Sarkozy, named, not without reason as "Le président des riches" cut taxes for those in the higher income bracket, slavishly did the bidding of the Market, the Bankers and Angela Merkel, causing great hardships to the majority of the French. Clearly these policies failed.

    Hollande has to go for Plan B. Basically invest more and concentrate on job creation at the expense of debt repayment. A gamble that might just work. It succeeded in the US.

    On a less cerebral note, it was nice to see him and his former partner Ségolène Royal embracing after his victory. Their union was already in tatters when she stood as the Socialist presendential candidate last time round.

    Bonne chance Monsieur le Président.

    (Pic: A cartoon by Steve Bell from today's Guardian)
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