Russian TV: As Francois Hollande prepares to meet Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential run-off, RT spoke to the spokesperson of the Socialist Party, Benoit Hamon, on the challenges France is facing – austerity measures, immigration and military interventions.
RT: Our first question of course will be on the future of France. There are two top candidates now – the socialist Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. What kind of France are we going to see with an Hollande presidency?
Benoit Hamon: Probably a France that’s much fairer, much more egalitarian than it is today. The France we inherit today is significantly poorer than it was five years ago. She has probably lost her influence in the world with, for example, the failure of the Union for the Mediterranean. She has lost much of her influence in Europe, and the best example of this is how Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have agreed on a draft European treaty which is very favorable to German interests and very unfavorable to the interests of the rest of Europe.
France is mostly very divided as we inherit it today. The task for Francois Hollande will be to somehow repair, rebuild and assemble the French, to avoid opposition to one another. This is why his political project is intended primarily to address inequalities.