This post will be used to give you live impressions from the French presidential elections by Olaf and Steeph from the studio of France24.
As soon as exit polls or results will come in we will give some update over here. Below the fold Olaf and Steeph will give some personal observations.
Please respond in English since the comments will also feature on the France24 site.
“You are from the Netherlands!”,
“Thus you helped us with the NO against the European Constitution!”, says the taxidriver who drives me at a steady 130 kilometers an hour from the airport straight to the studio of France24.
“Well”, I hesitate, and inform tell him that I voted in favour of that document.
“But come-on!”, he shouts, “before we open up the European Union to other countries, like Turkey and Ukraine – where I just arrived from – before that, we need to stabalise the work of the Union”. “It’s a mess right now!”.
He gets me confused.
“Isn’t that exactly what that constitution was all about?”, I ask.
“Ahh well”, he tells me. “politics is not my thing anyhow…”
17:45 – Nice detail. On the way over to the hotel from the railway station, the taxi driver pointed out the house Chirac will use after leaving his office. It’s near the Seine. Very modest place, seen from the outside.
18:30 – You can feel the tension rising.
19:45 – Amazing how they switch between three versions of French24. First the English one with Olaf and me. Then the Arabic one and now the French edition. All within 10 minutes from the same room.
19:55 – 5 minutes left. People falling still.
20:05 – Silence over here. People listening to Royal. You can feel relief after such a strong battle.
20:35 – Interviewed some people. Most are wondering what will exactly happen now he’s really president. Some hope he will change the economic balance. Just a few people applauded over here when he appeared and started speaking.
20:45 – Only a very brief moment, Sarkozy removes a tear.