Mr. Sarkozy adores America and has declared himself proud that critics call him more American than French. Mr. Chirac courted the Arabs, while Mr. Sarkozy prefers the democracy represented by Israel. These are two powerful indicators that Sarkozy's values are in the right place. But there is more:
In 1993, when Mr. Sarkozy was simultaneously the mayor of the French suburb of Neuilly and France's budget minister, a madman took 21 schoolchildren hostage in Neuilly, threatening to blow them up. While the minister of the interior and the prime minister remained safely in their offices, Mr. Sarkozy drove directly to the school and offered to exchange himself for the children hostages. It is rather hard to imagine Mr. Chirac doing the same thing.
Mr. Sarkozy's career represents the French republican ideal at its best. The son of a Hungarian immigrant, of a Jewish mother and Catholic father, Mr. Sarkozy has in one generation come to dominate French political life. His rise proves that the implied contract between the immigrant and the French nation is not a fiction: Immigrants who agree to respect the universalist values of the republic are given full integration and social standing in return. Those who don't... Unless Mr. Sarkozy blunders catastrophically, he is going all the way to the top. Americans who long for a Franco-American rapprochement should be relieved. (Excerpts from Clair Berlinsky writing in the New York Sun).
For this and much more. Nicolas Sarcozy has earned the official endorsment of the Neocon Express for President of France. (Two Months to go before election day).
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