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Memorable World Moments of 2012

French Presidential Overhaul

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French Presidential Overhaul

In an apparent rebuke of French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s austerity measures, voters in France elected Socialist candidate Francois Hollands to the country’s top seat. The New York Times’ Elaine Sciolino, Georgetown University’s Charles Kupchan and the Globalist’s Stephan Richter explore the expected policy shifts. In this photo, Hollande speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit in May.

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