‘One nation, same destiny’ – Hollande pledges unity after victory

by Chi Ibe

The new President of France, President Francois Hollande has given a ‘Martin Luther King type speech to his fellow countrymen following his victory at the polls. He said to them: “I will be a president of everybody.”

Hollande, who is France’s first socialist president since Francois Mitterrand, promised to heal the divisive wounds in his country. “The first duty of the president of the republic is to unite and make each citizen participate in the heavy changes needed to get our country out of the crisis. I will be a president of everybody. This evening there are not two Frances face-to-face, but only one nation facing the same destiny,” he said.

He continued:

“I promise to serve my country with devotion.”

“A lot of people have been waiting for this moment for many years. Others, young people, have never known a victory.”

Exit polls showed the socialist candidate to have gained around 4% more of the vote than the conservative outgoing leader, Nicolas Sarkozy. To this President Hollande reacted saying: “I know the requirements and I give a republican salute to Nicolas Sarkozy, who led France for five years and who deserves all our respect.”

President Hollande is now expected to deliver his inauguration speech within 10 days of being elected.

 

Source: SkyNews, Yahoo.

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