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April 26, 2007

Relationships in France are so, um, modern

The two candidates in the runoff for the French presidential election have really fascinating personal lives. Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife disappeared for the campaign trail in weeks leading up to the election leading to speculation she was having an affair. Why would people just assume that? Well:

The couple’s relationship has been in the spotlight before. The pair, who have a young son, separated briefly last year after she had an affair with an advertising executive while Sarkozy dated a journalist.

Sarkozy couldn’t be that shocked by her affair, though. They met at her wedding to another man. Sarkozy was officiating. I mean, have you ever heard of such a thing?!

Should his opponent, Segolene Royal, win, she would be France’s first woman president and its first single leader. Royal’s boyfriend is Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande. They have four children but Francois says that if Royal wins he won’t be living in the presidential palace. “Royal says they did not need marriage to prove their love — a common sentiment in today’s France, where nearly half of babies are born out of wedlock.”

Not to get all “marriage stabilizes society” on you or anything, but how long do you think France has got left? A generation? Less?

Hat-tip Ark.

Posted by Karol at 06:09 AM |
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Do get all ‘marriage stabilizes society’ on us – you would be most certainly correct.

Posted by: scot at April 26, 2007 at 7:39 am

if Sarkozy wins, they may have a generation left…on the other hand, if Royal wins, they have less than a decade. If their collusion with the Nazis in WWII is any indication, France will have no problem taking orders from another Facsist occupier, the Islamists.

Posted by: rob at April 26, 2007 at 7:52 am

Hmm, I had heard the figure for out of wedlock births was around two-thirds?
I wonder how much higher it would be were it not for Muslim immigrants having children, assuming they’re counted in the statistic. The frogs apparently don’t care about being outbred. It’s the new way to surrender that takes a generation or two.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at April 26, 2007 at 9:16 am

Sounds like Giuliani should be running for president of France.

Posted by: Dan at April 26, 2007 at 10:33 am

Muslims are close to voting majority in all major French cities. Within 6 years, all of the politicians from those cities will be married and they won’t be Jewish.
The last two German Chancellors have been childless. The German people are following their leaders with a fertility rate of 1.39.

Posted by: Jake at April 26, 2007 at 11:24 am

“how long do you think France has got left?”
I’d have to say that depends a lot on the results of this election.

Posted by: mark at April 26, 2007 at 12:35 pm

It’s all relative.
Some traditional people would look at your relationship — living together? in an interfaith relationship? without being married? and no kids at age 30? — and consider it an outrage.
Were you to run for office, do you really think your personal life should be the least bit relevant?
I agree with mark — this election is about their plans for keeping France in the First World, not their understanding of wedlock.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at April 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

I agree with mark — this election is about their plans for keeping France in the First World, not their understanding of wedlock.

They are hardly unrelated. France, as always, desperately needs all the upright people she can find. They are rare enough (being Frenchies) and there is an abysmal dearth of strong minded people to withstand the Scuzlims’ onslaught.
Abandoning morality is hardly the recipe for a quality population.

Posted by: Radical Redneck at April 26, 2007 at 4:09 pm

For the record, I was actually just commenting about the specific question that I quoted. Are the French ready to move away from socialism and the stupidity that has gotten into the mess there in now, or will they choose to continue down the path to eventual annihilation. I found that more important than who’s sleeping with who. Although it is relevant, you’ve still got to crawl before you can walk.

Posted by: mark at April 26, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Joe, yes, those things do matter. Again, marriage leads to stability. I don’t deny that my life is not stable enough for me to hold a leadership position.

Posted by: Karol at April 26, 2007 at 6:18 pm

France used to pride itself as the “first daughter” of the Catholic church. I realized something was up when mobs stoned the Popemobile the last time he visited.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 26, 2007 at 8:43 pm
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