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“Our model must remain that of a heterosexual family: children need a father and a mother”.

Nicholas Sarkozy was elected 6May07 to a five-year term as president of France, in a solid win indicating the strength of public support for a decisive change in the leadership policies for the nation.

Key among the differences between Sarkozy and his main competitor socialist Ségolène Royal was their opposite opinions on the legalization of homosexual ‘marriage’ and euthanasia.

The leader of the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement, Sarkozy won the vote with 53.06 percent. Top contender Royal, received 46.94 percent of votes cast. Reports showed a high voter turnout, with 75 percent of registered voters casting their ballots. In total, 85 percent of those registered to vote turned up at the polls.

In his victory speech Sarkozy reached out to all citizens of France with a pledge to be the president “for all the French people.”

“The French people have spoken and have chosen to make a break with the ideas, the customs and the behaviour of the past. I am thus going to restore the status of work, authority, standards, respect, merit. I am going to give the place of honour back to the nation and national identity. I am going to give back to the French people pride in France,” he said.

While stating his sincere belief in European construction, Sarkozy said France’s European partners must be aware of the voice of those who do not want changes imposed upon them.

With the weeks preceding the election filled with stories of the European Parliament condemning Poland for its stand in favour of the traditional family, many are welcoming a comment from Sarkozy’s election speech which seems to address the matter.

“I entreat our European partners not to remain deaf to the anger of people who perceive the European Union not as a source of protection but as the Trojan horse of all the threats that come with the changes in the world,” he said.

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[7May07, By Gudrun Schultz and John-Henry Westen, PARIS, France,]