Franco-Americans or Francophiles out there : Your thoughts on the French election ?
He's just opened the floodgates to allow the centrists to leave form their own party. The third party will likely do well in the legislative elections and leave UMP wondering what hit them.
Royal is also vulnerable: if elected, she will have to deliver on the significant hopes for reform and economic recovery she's built up.
Whatever happens, these French elections are really fascinating, don't you think? The variety of positions, the clash of ideas. Sure beats the populist, opinion-poll and money-driven campaigns the American elections so often become (maybe '08 will be different).