Friday, May 18, 2007

Nicolas Sarkozy – President of France

I love France. When I was 14, I crossed the Channel with friends from Lancaster to Perpignan, a beautiful village close to the Pyrénées, to play rugby. At school I studied the romance languages French and Spanish, as well as Latin of course, inspired by great teachers like Jim Bates and Eric Smith. Then in the mid 1970's, we discovered St. Tropez and we went there every year, finally making a dream come true by buying a house four years ago.

Six years ago, Saatchi & Saatchi merged with the Publicis Groupe. It was one of the most significant choices of my business career, up there with joining Mary Quant in the 1960's, persuading P&G to take a chance on me and following Doug Myers’ dream in New Zealand. Working with Maurice Levy and Publicis takes me to France on business every month and this has given me a great appreciation of the French - their wine, their rugby, French food and the French philosophical intellect. It was, therefore, with much happiness and great relief, that I woke up one morning to find Nicolas Sarkozy elected President.

The French have lost their way politically and economically over the past few years. The danger was that they could slip even farther backwards and become completely out of touch with competitive peak performance. Nicolas Sarkozy is committed to progress, to performance, to execution, and to results. He believes hard work and output is good for you and good for the country. His kind of leadership is needed now in France to get it through a growing “laissez-faire” attitude, deal to its entitlement malaise and inspire minorities to be the best they can be rather than rage against the world.

Allez Les Bleus!

6 comments:

Kempton said...

Hi Kevin,

I don't follow French politics enough so it is nice to hear some high praise from you about the new French president. I hope he will be able to resolve the deep social and racial tensions in France. It was deeply tragic and worrying when I saw in the news that cars were burning every night in France a while back.

P.S. While Nicolas Sarkozy received a majority of 18.98 million votes (53%), there were still 16.79 million votes (47%) for the other side. So the country is, I suppose, still somewhat divided. I won't mention how divided and close we were to breaking my beloved Canada apart in our 1995 Quebec referendum.

consul said...

Hi Kevin,
Nicolas Sarkozy is the best French President for the actual situation.Although the presidential elections aren`t general elections, his influence and changes will show-up soon.France is a Europe-isolated country (NON à la Constitution Européenne)with mayor economical and social problems. Nicolas will give France it`s (internal&external)face back.
JPB (Consul)

Simon said...

But somehow I find it quite worrying that the first people to congratulate Sarkozy were Bush and Blair...

JPB said...

What`s wrong receiving the first congratulations from the President of the strongest nations in the world? In Nico`s place I would be kind of worried if the first people to congratulate me were Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad, Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro...

FABlog said...

La grandeur is baCK !

stuffit said...

:I hope he will be able to resolve the deep social and racial tensions in France. It was deeply tragic and worrying when I saw in the news that cars were burning every night in France a while back.:

did you hear his comment about these people that some people said help caused the riots?

2 kids were killed by the french police, who try to avoid responsibility, and after , Mr Z says he says lets clean the streets of these people.

After the riots they get commitments from the government for more investment in housing and jobs. Do you see a pattern?