May 7, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

French voters say ‘oui’ to President Sarkozy

From coast to coast and many places in between in the U.S. and elsewhere, an international story made Page One today – the election yesterday of Nicolas Sarkozy as the new president of France. Indeed, El Periodico in Barcelona wins the award for the best lead headline of the day with its “Sarko si.”

For the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, France (and everywhere else) is far away, so the French story was only teased on Page One.  But not for The Fresno Bee in California, where “Sarkozy wins French election” was the lead story. The Page One story in the Chicago Tribune is that “U.S.-friendly Sarkozy wins French vote”  even as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution told its readers that “French choose pro-U.S. president”  and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans has a sky box reading “France elects Nicolas Sarkozy as new president,” all in bold capital letters. For The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., it’s “France’s voters give presidency to conservative” while The Wall Street Journal leads with “Sarkozy Elected French President by Solid Margin.”  The election also is the lead story in The Washington Post with “Sarkozy Wins, Vows to Restore Pride in France” and The New York Times reports “Sarkozy, elected in France, vows break with the past.”

In Europe, the Basler Zeitung in Basel, Switzerland, says “France votes conservative” while The Daily Telegraph in London — with domestic political problems the lead – tells its readers that “Winner Sarkozy promises a French revolution.” In Paris, La Tribune and Le Figaro fill Page One with pictures of the new president. Die Presse in Vienna takes a different approach with “The impossible job in the Elysee,” where the new president will hold sway and the Passauer Neue Presse in Passau, Germany, leads with “Sarkozy is the new president of France.”  Meanwhile, readers of Gulf News in Dubai learn “Sarkozy triumphs,” which says it all.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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