For decades, the central principle behind French foreign policy has been opposition to America. Arguably that’s been one of its central principles since the 1790s. Twice now I’ve been deluded to believe that the election of a conservative President in France might change that attitude. They even called Sarkozy “Sarko the American”. It all came to naught.
Hollande’s election will surely be a disaster for France. So what? I won’t quite say that’s a good thing, but I don’t much care. They’d just better not come to us looking for a bailout.