Tim Blair offers some quotations as commentary on the French election.
P.J. Oâ€™Rourke in 2008:
France is a treasure to mankind. French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of loadstone for humanity. Because a moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing inâ€”toward Nazi collaboration, Communism, existentialism, Jerry Lewis movies, or President Sarkozyâ€™s personal lifeâ€”you can go the other way with a clear conscience.
France in 2012:
French voters elected FranÃ§ois Hollande as president on Sunday, giving the country a Socialist leader who has pledged to shift the burden of hardship to the rich and resolve the protracted euro-zone sovereign-debt crisis by softening the current prescription of austerity.
Time to haul right and stomp welfare. History is our guide.
UPDATE. Iowahawk: â€œIf white people are so smart, then how do you explain Europe?â€