The Sarkozy effect: France’s new presidential dynamic

James G. Shields

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The election on 6 May 2007 of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of the Republic ushered in the promise of a new era in France. Sarkozy’s presidency follows those of the Socialist François Mitterrand (1981-95) and the neo-Gaullist Jacques Chirac (1995-2007), who together occupied France’s highest political office for more than a quarter-century. From the outset, Sarkozy’s presidential campaign was predicated on the need for change in France, for a “rupture” with the past; and his emphatic victory against the Socialist Ségolène Royal gave him a mandate to effect this. The legislative elections of June 2007, by assuring a strong majority in the National Assembly for Sarkozy’s centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), left the way clear for implementing the new President’s reform agenda over the next five years. This article examines the political context within which Sarkozy was elected to power, the main proposals of his presidential program, the challenges he faces, and his prospects for bringing real change to France.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalGeorgetown Journal of International Affairs
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Fingerprint

France
president
election
national assembly
republic
campaign
reform

Keywords

  • France
  • politics
  • Sarkozy
  • presidency
  • government
  • reform

Cite this

@article{6e9c8af20c2646a2afe82b61d2cdce69,
title = "The Sarkozy effect: France’s new presidential dynamic",
abstract = "The election on 6 May 2007 of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of the Republic ushered in the promise of a new era in France. Sarkozy’s presidency follows those of the Socialist Fran{\cc}ois Mitterrand (1981-95) and the neo-Gaullist Jacques Chirac (1995-2007), who together occupied France’s highest political office for more than a quarter-century. From the outset, Sarkozy’s presidential campaign was predicated on the need for change in France, for a “rupture” with the past; and his emphatic victory against the Socialist S{\'e}gol{\`e}ne Royal gave him a mandate to effect this. The legislative elections of June 2007, by assuring a strong majority in the National Assembly for Sarkozy’s centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), left the way clear for implementing the new President’s reform agenda over the next five years. This article examines the political context within which Sarkozy was elected to power, the main proposals of his presidential program, the challenges he faces, and his prospects for bringing real change to France.",
keywords = "France, politics, Sarkozy, presidency, government, reform",
author = "Shields, {James G.}",
year = "2008",
language = "English",
volume = "9",
pages = "103--112",
journal = "Georgetown Journal of International Affairs",
issn = "1526-0054",
number = "1",

}

The Sarkozy effect: France’s new presidential dynamic. / Shields, James G.

In: Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2008, p. 103-112.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The Sarkozy effect: France’s new presidential dynamic

AU - Shields, James G.

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - The election on 6 May 2007 of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of the Republic ushered in the promise of a new era in France. Sarkozy’s presidency follows those of the Socialist François Mitterrand (1981-95) and the neo-Gaullist Jacques Chirac (1995-2007), who together occupied France’s highest political office for more than a quarter-century. From the outset, Sarkozy’s presidential campaign was predicated on the need for change in France, for a “rupture” with the past; and his emphatic victory against the Socialist Ségolène Royal gave him a mandate to effect this. The legislative elections of June 2007, by assuring a strong majority in the National Assembly for Sarkozy’s centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), left the way clear for implementing the new President’s reform agenda over the next five years. This article examines the political context within which Sarkozy was elected to power, the main proposals of his presidential program, the challenges he faces, and his prospects for bringing real change to France.

AB - The election on 6 May 2007 of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of the Republic ushered in the promise of a new era in France. Sarkozy’s presidency follows those of the Socialist François Mitterrand (1981-95) and the neo-Gaullist Jacques Chirac (1995-2007), who together occupied France’s highest political office for more than a quarter-century. From the outset, Sarkozy’s presidential campaign was predicated on the need for change in France, for a “rupture” with the past; and his emphatic victory against the Socialist Ségolène Royal gave him a mandate to effect this. The legislative elections of June 2007, by assuring a strong majority in the National Assembly for Sarkozy’s centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), left the way clear for implementing the new President’s reform agenda over the next five years. This article examines the political context within which Sarkozy was elected to power, the main proposals of his presidential program, the challenges he faces, and his prospects for bringing real change to France.

KW - France

KW - politics

KW - Sarkozy

KW - presidency

KW - government

KW - reform

M3 - Article

VL - 9

SP - 103

EP - 112

JO - Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

JF - Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

SN - 1526-0054

IS - 1

ER -