The French Election

While America is transfixed by the reality-show buffoonery of its own presidential primary season, there is another election drama unfolding across the Atlantic. In France, center-Right President Nicolas Sarkozy is running for reelection and is currently trailing the moderate Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. The first contest, in which several candidates will compete, will take place on April 25. The second round of voting, which will be a run-off between the top two contenders of the first round – expected to be Sarkozy and Hollande – will take place on May 5.

Sarkozy stands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, another center-Right politician, in promoting tough austerity measures to save the euro. Hollande, on the other hand, has argued that such budget slashing weakens growth in an already-frail economic climate. He calls for substantially higher taxes on the very rich and favors a generally more expansionist government. Much of this Left-Right framing transcends national boundaries and is pervasive throughout Europe. It is also quite familiar to Americans, although the more bizarre edges of modern US politics seem to be missing. The French, after all, are not arguing about contraception.

From what I can surmise looking at the astrological data, it seems very likely that Sarkozy will win another term, despite the current polling. Hollande will have transiting Saturn crossing his natal Neptune from election day throughout May, a sign of disappointment and loss. Sarkozy, on the other hand, will be under numerous Venus and Jupiter transits during May, which, taken together, suggest an ebullient mood and a feeling of success and contentment. In his chart (1/28/55, at 10 PM, Paris) during and just after the election, we find transiting Jupiter quincunx Venus, semisquare the Moon, and sextile Jupiter, with a slow-moving, transiting Venus sesquiquadrate the Sun and opposite Venus. His wife, Carla Bruni (12/23/67, at 6:10 PM, Turin, Italy) will also be enjoying both Venus and Jupiter in aspect to her natal Moon/Pluto conjunction during the same period.

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