France: Le Débat: Jeu, Set, Match Hollande

It is hard to really determine a winner in a presidential debate. Both candidates are usually well-prepared, having digested long lists of facts and numbers, and ready to rumble and get it over with. Even in the American tradition of 3 presidential debates, it is hard to clearly say that one candidate has clearly won, while the other has clearly lost. Well, this was not the case tonight. In tonight’s French presidential debate, there was a clear winner and there was a clear loser. Hollande won, and Sarkozy lost.

Hollande dominated the debate from the beginning till the end. For almost 3 hours, the challenger showed his keen mastery of every fact related to any topic debated. In one word, it was a rare display of superiority. Sarkozy looked lost, angry, belligerent, disrespectful, not in control of his own files and facts. Sarkozy was outclassed and out-punched. Briefly stated, Sarkozy was in over his head.

We have to remember, Sarkozy was the candidate who demanded to have 3 debates. He was the candidate who said that he was “going to explode [Hollande].” Of course, Sarkozy, the bomb-maker, got exploded tonight. It is useless to go over every minute of the 3 hour long debate, but there was a passage, just before the end, where Hollande literally put the cherry on top of the cake. It was the apotheosis of the debate, the climatic moment, a moment that would certainly enter the history of presidential debates. Talking about his vision of the presidency and what he will do differently, Hollande, in a very eloquent way–almost poetic–summed up all of Sarkozy’s failures and emphasized clearly and calmly what he would do differently.  Watch, this was a beautiful moment.

  1. Anne Sophie et son mari
    May 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Jeu, set, match au debat et jeu, set, match hier aussi. Sarko, c’est fini, On a gagné!

  2. john russell
    May 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ah so you didnt like my last comment and deleted it….ok ..buh by loser!

    • john russell
      May 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      You are very patronizing and as far as economics go ha, you have no idea. Its obvious YOU dont understand. The ironic and f…..g humorous part of your “argument” is that you wont be laughing is a few months. The Euro has already lost value and will continue. You need to really reconsider your level of intellgence…you seem to think you’re all that..ha think again…good bye to your lame post. Its obvious that noone gives a f….g s..t about it as I am the only one dulb enough to comment on it! Ha, I guess I mmust be really stupid! Oh and by the way f…..d, I’ve lived in France for ten years , so dont think you can school me on French economics! LOL loser!

      • May 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        You are absolutely right, you must be really stupid! By the way: i can school you not only in economics (saying french economics shows really your limited knowledge, oh well i am not going to dwell on that) but in politics of your own country.

        PS: I edited a bit your flowery yet very idiotic language.

    • May 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      No, i posted everyone of your comment. Don’t be so insecure my little flower!

  3. john russell
    May 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Insults are a good intelligence indicator and the fact that you call me a crackhead leads me to believe that you are of lower intelligence. When your socialist President is elected, you will suffer the consequences of an unexperienced “depute” who fucked his city into debt and that France will soon follow Greece and Spain into debt crisis hell. I will move away from this country and let your laughable superior intelligence deal with losing your home etc; Enjoy..

    • May 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I did not insult you. I highly doubted your sanity. There is a huge difference between the two. And if i wanted to insult you i would have called you, for example, a simpleton or nincompoop, which is more appropriate than crackhead because it really highlights the obvious 🙂

      Moreover, i said you might be high–or you are high on Sarkozy–for not seeing that Sarkozy was totally dominated. Everyone in the media in your own country agreed that Hollande dominated the debate. Even “Le Figaro”, which is hardly a pro-Hollande newspaper to say the least, was forced to admit the obvious and wrote that Hollande “a marque des points”, which is basically saying that Hollande humiliated Sarkozy.

      As for the economic gloom and doom that you are predicting, i don’t think it will happen, and again because you understand very little economics. I am sorry for saying this, but i really don’t have the time to explain the necessity of having growth vs. opting for austerity during a recessionary cycle in this comment, but i wrote quite a few posts here (as well as posted articles written by major economists) and you are welcome to read them to expand your understanding. Needless to say that you need to take off your thick ideological glasses so you might let knowledge sink in .

      PS: Hollande is not my president and i am not French or in France. I am what they call a “neutral and knowledgeable observer”

    May 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    that’s right….7-6 6-2 6-1 was the result of the match for Hollande…

    And he won whith class winthout speaking about sarkozy gossips (son and african dictator financement in 2007)

    Sarkozy has no mare argument since laste houre he was KO …just peaking about DSK (PS)…when it was sarkozy who decide to put in in FMI director post…

    • May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I agree with you, and yes “Yes You Can”! It’s your moment over there in France for change. Good luck!

  5. john russell
    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 am

    oh and that “Moi, President” ranting at the end was irritating and far from beautiful, more amateurish. Sarko put him in his place with each rebuttal.

    • May 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

      I thought that was a perfect ending. A perfect closing argument that summarized all the failures of Sarkozy and contrasted them with what Hollande would like to do. That moment will be a classic.

      I think you might have been watching another debate. It wasn’t even close.

  6. john russell
    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I totally disagree. Hollande tripped his way throught this debate and had not done his homework. His ideologies for France are scary. He sounded like a boy that wants to be president of a football club, nothing more.

    • May 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

      I highly advise you to stop smoking crack. It’s not good for your mental health.

      By the way, almost all the journalists from the right and the left agree that Hollande won the debate easily. Are you sure you watched the same debate as everyone else? Next time, take off your tick ideological glasses that distort your mental fitness.

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