"In the republic that I want to serve," he said, "there cannot be rights without obligations. All must have their opportunity, but they must earn it by work, by personal commitment, by belief." Nicolas SarkozyNovel, isn't it? Rights and obligations, personal commitment, merit and hard work! Even more interesting is the support Mr. Sarkozy received from the young, who celebrated jubilantly in the streets of Paris upon victory of the center/right candidate over the socialist candidate.
Kids just have to rebel against their parents, and have done so in France by electing a man who wants to "sweep away what he calls the values of the 1968 student revolution that he says have degraded France."
Tic Toc goes the clock, the pendulum swings.
"I will rehabilitate work, authority, morals, respect and merit. I will put the nation and national identity first and give the French people a reason to be proud." Nicolas SarkozyI am wondering whether this is the beginning of a trend in the western world, or whether it will be limited to France. Given France's influence on fashion and culture, I think we will start to see evidence of the new morality in the coming years.
We shall see....