On 8 May, the French celebrated the end of World Word II. This was the perfect opportunity for the former and the future president to show that despite a fierce battle, there is continuity in French democracy. Both of them have now stepped into a new chapter of their lives with certainly a fully booked agenda in the coming weeks.
François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy carried the traditional gerbe de fleurs together to the tombstone of the unknown soldier, la tombe du soldat inconnu. This was to commemorate the victory over Germany in 1945 in front the of Arc de Triomphe.
Inviting his successor to this symbolic event was an appeasing gesture from Nicolas Sarkozy. He demonstrated here that this transition is done en bonne intelligence. This has never happened before in the political history of France.
First measures announced by the new French President
François Hollande will officially become President during a handover ceremony with Nicolas Sarkozy on 15 May.
Even before that day he has announced five immediate measures he wants to put in place before mid-June, the date of the legislative elections.
- Immediate decrease of the salary of the president and his ministers by 30%, « pour donner l’exemple ».
- Age of retirement brought back to 60 years for those who worked since age 18.
- No price increase of petrol for three months
- Increase by 25 % of the allowance given to certain. families at the beginning of the school year.
- Maximum limit of the Livret A – the regulated and taxfree savings account that most French families have – doubled (currently 15 300 euros).
Is this a kind of soft révolution des roses à la française? The French will definitely be keeping an eye on the first 100 days of their new president.
How do you think the election of François Hollande will affect France? Do you think the French people made the right choice? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Read more from this series on the first 100 days of the new French President:
1. First and last steps of a French President (this page)
2. Ten milestones in 100 days for a new French President
3. Diversity and parité in the new French government
4. Is change coming for France?
5. The French vote again
6. The ‘normal’ President of France
7. The French President’s agenda
8. Happy birthday Mr. President!
9. Keep smiling, François!
10. Back in the heat of French politics
1. Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, by Jacky Naegelen, via tv5.
2. Francois Hollande, via BFM Business.