All of Europe needs Hollande to be a success
THE outcome of last night's French election would appear to have changed the political landscape -- not just in France, but potentially right across the EU.
Francois Hollande's defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy underlines the volatility of public opinion and demonstrates just how fragile a public mandate has become as governments struggle to keep electorates on board while implementing swingeing austerity measures.
The defeated French president, Mr Sarkozy, has become the ninth euro leader to fall in just a few years. The second-biggest economy in Europe is now in the hands of socialist politicians for the first time in 17 years.