BBC News - Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency I think its great news, Sarkozy was not the leader Europe or France needed. Hollande is not a particularly inspiring character, but he certainly instils hope, hope of recovery and change. I certainly dont agree with many of his policies - a retirement age of 60 will always be ridiculous in my mind, and he'll never find the money for half the stuff. The way Sarkozy played to the far right with xenophobic messages sickened me too - he could've chased the centre vote. Too many Muslims in France - maybe if France hadnt sent so many colonists to North and West Africa in the first place that could not sound completely and utterly bigoted. But yeah, President Hollande sounds good to me.