The first round of France’s presidential election will be held in late April 2012. Justin Vaïsse, senior fellow and director of research for the Center on the United States and Europe, weighs in on the re-election prospects for President Nicolas Sarkozy and the impact a new French leader would have on U.S.-French relations, France’s foreign policy, and the euro crisis, especially if François Hollande is elected.
[Macron] is not part of a left wing league in the West. He doesn't want to be called left wing, nor right wing. [And his roster of ministers suggests] this is actually a grand coalition of the center-left and center-right. Nothing like anything we've seen before. It's not a fake socialist or a fake conservative party, it's new.