In the latest edition of Carnet Atlantique, our fearless editor-in-chief shares his thoughts on the French and American presidential elections, life on the streets of Paris as an American, and the future of Iran. Behold:

“It’s terrifying enough that I don’t know what François Hollande would do as president. Does M. Hollande, himself, know what he would do? Nor does it comfort me knowing what M. Hollande thinks M. Mitterand would do.

But. I do know what M. Sarkozy would do. We’ve had 5 years to size him up. Therefore, we know he would do exactly the same: Mostly nothing. More nothing.

It’s said President Sarkozy’s problem is that he’s the smartest guy in the room. I’ve concluded, if he’s the smartest guy in the room, I should waste no time in leaving the room.

At the end of the day, we now know that President Sarkozy’s mission is himself, a pathetic man whose diminished self-image demands so much attention that he cannot attend to France’s repair.

During his term, if little of what was hoped would happen, happened, at least little of what was feared would happen, happened.

Read more on France, America and the world beyond in the Spring issue of Carnet Atlantique!

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