for Obama Not in French National Interest (Le NouvelObservateur, France)
"If Obama is
re-elected, the prime minister's statement would not lead the White House chief
to favor Paris; and if Romney wins (and his chances aren't slim), the new
president would be only too happy to give 'Frenchies'
the cold shoulder. ... There is only one explanation for this curious 'vote.'
... They want to ride France's pro-Obama wave."
This morning on France Inter, Prime
Minister Jean Marc Ayrault declared that if he were an
American citizen, he would vote for Obama "without hesitation."
The day before, his minister of European affairs, Bernard Cazeneuve, stated on LCP [the French Parliament
channel], that he "really hopes" for the re-election of the current president
of the United States.
Obviously, we all understand what has led Matignon
to hope for the reelection of Barack Obama and the defeat of his Republican
opponent, who never-endingly denounces "socialism" in Europe.
But why such public displays of affection?
First of all, this is likely to be counterproductive.
President Francois Hollande
himself said as much last September in New York, when he stressed that in the
United States, "socialist" support is like the kiss of death.
"If a socialist supported one of the candidates, it
could cost him dearly," he said, before adding with a smile, "so I suppose
I should endorse Mitt Romney … but I won't."
Secondly, such a public stand is contrary to the interests
Because if Obama is re-elected, the prime minister's statement
would not lead the White House chief to favor Paris; and if Romney wins (and his
chances aren't slim), the new president would be only too happy to give the
"Frenchies" the cold shoulder.
There is only one explanation for this curious "vote."