France Reacts to Obama’s Re-election

Hollande, Cahuzac, and the French people express their thoughts on last night’s election results:

President François Hollande supported the reelection of Barack Obama, saying that “the choice is clear in favor of an open, solidary, fully engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges of our planet: peace, the economy, and the environment.”

On his Twitter, Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac congratulated President Obama and the American people “who made the choice of social and financial justice for 4 more years.”

“I’m glad that Barack Obama has been elected, but I suspected that he would be.” – Thomas Gautier, biology student from Bordeaux

“It honestly doesn’t matter to me.”
–Thibaud Granjean, graduate student from Bordeaux

“I view the election of Obama favorably, as his foreign policy has marked a new involvement of the United States on the international scene for the past four years.  This election is therefore favorable for international relations, which might have taken a hit if Mitt Romney had been elected.  Let’s all hope that American foreign policy continues in this way.”
–International Relations Student at the Université Paris Assas

“I am happy to see the victory of Obama over a super-conservative candidate who emphasized a retrogressive decline of values that became unbearable, as they were full of misogyny, racism, homophobia, and patriarchy. It is good to see that a time of crisis does not immediately lead to an illusory attempt to protect the so-called universal laws that have their roots in the family unit and of a nation conceived as a projection on a larger scale of this unit. It is good to see that the demagogic conceptions of the people that are often expressed, do not triumph. “
– Alexandre Puche, a young man working on a Masters in International Relations at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

“I was for Obama because Romney is, for me, too conservative and would not be helpful for a modern country like the US. Consequently, I think that’s a good thing that Obama won, but I really don’t get why French are so concerned about American elections. I understand that US is the most powerful country in the world, but we don’t need to care that much. What I am trying to say is that this night, every French channel was talking about american elections.
– Laurie Loyeau, a young Parisien studying Psychology at Paris Descartes University.

“Compared to 2008, there wasn’t as much hope and waiting for Obama to be elected. I think that yesterday I was scared by the fact that Romney could win but not that excited by the election, whereas in 2008 I was dreaming about the election. But today’s results still remain an huge relief because even if I think that Obama hasn’t “changed the world” like we had expected in 2008, he has still avoided things getting worse.  I had hoped Obama would do more about financial regulation and wealth redistribution, but Romney’s election would have been, for me, a huge step backwards to a deregulated economy, leading to even more inequalities. I’m happier that Romney lost than that Obama won, but I keep faith in Obama and I hope that he will continue what he has done and go further.”
-Lionel Cosnard, a student at AgroParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food, and Environmental Sciences.)

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