I’ll say one thing….
No waiting around for two months like here in America….
And the austerity thing I’m sure is gonna be cooled off….
The new president left for Berlin Tuesday afternoon, almost immediately after the ceremony, for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — a sign of the importance he attaches to the Franco-German relationship.
French officials told the Associated Press that Hollande’s plane to Germany was hit by lightning en route and returned to Paris as a precaution, although no one was injured. He transferred to another plane, which left soon afterward, AP said.
Merkel has been an unyielding advocate of carving back the European Union’s dangerously high deficits, calling it a necessary step in overcoming the economic crisis that has undermined the zone for four years. Hollande’s inaugural speech, at the Elysee Palace, seemed designed to set the stage for the meeting, his first with Merkel.
“On this day, a lot of people, and first of all in Europe, await us and look toward us,” Hollande said. “To overcome the crisis that has struck it, Europe needs plans. It needs solidarity. It needs growth.
“I will propose a new pact to our partners that will join the necessary reduction of public debts with an indispensable stimulation of the economy.”Share on Facebook