Well, this time the polls were pretty much on target;
Zarkozy 53 percent; Royal 47 percent
At dinner tonite, among French Communists, the conversations were at first sort of fatalistic.
Joking about inheriting George Bush.
But; then the discussion got heated; and; the struggle, in the streets, militancy rose to the top.
Everyone agreed that the first attack would come against the unions. Zarkozy made it clear in his program that he intends to limit the right to strike, as was done in England.
In conversations with union leaders a few days ago, they made it clear that they are ready to stand their ground.
The first 100 days is Zarkozy's goal to take action.
This coresponds with the French wide parlimentary elections in June.
In Royal's speech she thank and urged great support for women and left people.Her eye is on the next Parlimentary elections; where the socialist party will be fighting against the Zarkozy party and the new Bayrou party; he is the right winger who got 18 percent in the first round.
There is a lot to learn in the upcoming US presidential election from the Zarkozy attack on peoples rights. The Republican and Democratic parties think tanks are hard at work. The left and progressive forces need to do the same.