Nicolas Sarkozy, Pro-American, Elected as France's New President

Early on Monday morning, it was released that Nicolas Sarkozy defeated Segolene Royal by 53.06 percent to 46.94 percent, with an 85 percent voter turnout, in France's election for president.

Among the first things on Sarkozy's agenda are freeing up labor markets and planning on tougher measures on crime and immigration. The newly elected president plans to put big reforms before parliament, with a bill that would make overtime pay tax-free to encourage people to work more; he has called France's 35-hour work week "absurd."

Sarkozy, a pro-American, said that the United States can "count on our friendship," but he added that "friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions." READ MORE

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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:

"The French are not a strong ally of the U.S. They were a weak ally in WWI, a weak ally in WWII, and a weak ally during the Vietnam war. This doesn't mean that France will never be a strong ally, it just means that never is a very long time." — Bob

"I doubt the French will become 'strong' American allies. However, it is possible with someone more pragmatic at the helm in France, we may hear less hate-filled invectives launched at us, just to score points among liberal elites." — Stephen

"Sarkozy represents more than a pro-American leader. He represents a return to the rule of reason in France. Sarkozy intends to dismantle the French welfare state and halt all of the dangerous immigration from North Africa. Therefore, France will become more realistic and naturally more pro-American." — Craig (Vancouver, Washington)

"I believe it will take a while for the new president to move things along as he will need to achieve a majority in parliament in order to get his most ambitious plans enacted into law. However, I do see a grassroots change taking place in Europe. First, we have Merkel winning in Germany and now we have Sarkozy winning in France. Both are pro-American and both will move their respective countries more to the right politically as well as economically. Success begets more success and France's new president received a clear mandate from the people for change and boy are changes coming!" — Chris

"Vive La France ! Now I can start buying French wines again. Finally, someone in charge over there, who lives in the real world. Long live Sarkozy." — Estes

"France will not become a strong U.S. ally. Sarkozy faces a strong leftist element in parliament and must account to a large immigrant Arab/Muslim population that generally views the U.S. as the great Satan. But, if Sarkozy wants to make nice that's more than that sourpuss Chirac ever tried to do." — Jim (Houston, TX)

"France is for France first and ally to no one. What made France a great nation is no longer valid. Trying to recapture the glory of the 18th Century with 18th Century thinking is futile." — Bob (Englewood, FL)

"I'll believe it when I see it. I still can't believe this guy got elected: He's for hard work and cooperation with the U.S. — I was under the impression that the French considered these to be the two ultimate evils!" — Neil

"A conservative in France may turn out to be a liberal here in the United States. I think we need to give Sarkozy a chance to see how his cabinet will treat the U.S. I think that if he stays true to his campaign word, he should be an ally to America. He still appears to be a global warming nut however so, no telling what might happen." — Stephen

"It's about time! Now let's hope for constructive change to combat terrorism." — Doc

"A French 'conservative'? Is there such a thing? Wasn't Chirac a 'conservative' in the French sense of the word? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." — Chris

"I am not sure 100 percent what this victory for Mr. Sarkozy means, but I think one thing it means is that the French perhaps don't hate Americans as much as we're told by the media. I draw this conclusion based on Mr. Sarkozy stating in so many words that he will be more pro-American than France has been in many years. Whatever ends up happening, I think this will end up being a breath of fresh air compared to the French government of recent years. I wouldn't look to see this perspective from most of the American media though." — Ed (Pennsylvania)

"It's a strong start. Conservative leadership can always be tainted by a liberal legislature. If the French Parliament will not hinder his reforms, France will likely become a strong ally with the US; not only politically, but more important: economically as well." — Paul

"France may be more friendly towards the U.S., but domestic problems and the current state of its economy and military preclude it from being a strong ally. I think the French sense a pragmatic need to be more closely tied to the U.S." — Mitch (Aberdeen, WA)

"I sure hope the French are smarter than to support our militarism in the Middle East and around the world. In the past I have admired their independence from the bush administration and hope that they will continue to use the heads by keeping a wide distance from our aggressions!" — Gil and Judy

"I believe that these election results coupled with the winding down of this current 'lame' administration will hopefully bode well for French-American relations in the future, but We need a new face at the helm too, to make this 100 percent better!" — Phil (Philadelphia, PA)

"Yes, or at least I hope so. France and the USA need one another." — George

"Yes, I do believe that the new president in France will be good for the French people as well as for improvement of U.S. and French relationship. It is past time that U.S. finds a friend in France, and we are all happy that this can, hopefully, come true." — Sharon (California)

"This is a great victory for many. Mr. Sarkozy's victory send a strong message that the radical left in the United States should watch and learn from. Here is a country mired in left-wing thinking for many years that has finally grown tired of blaming everyone else for their failures, and bankrupting and taxing people for the good of the many. Individual hard work and innovation are the avenues to real freedom. Maybe they finally get it. I wonder if the U.S. Democratic party is paying attention?" — John (Baltimore, MD)

"I'm happy to see what is happening in France. Maybe sanity has finally taken root and they will see reality for what it is. I feel for this guy because he's got a LOT of work to do! They can barely 'work' for more than 35 hours in a week and don't seem to care about the future of their country and its people. I pray Mr. Sarkozy has the charisma to awaken his nation and return it to the stature it deserves. I hope he can help the French people understand that WE are not the enemy, but their friends and allies in a titanic struggle for freedom." — John (Baltimore, MD)

"Having visited and touring the south of France I would say he is precisely just the right medicine for France. I am surprised and pleased that he drew the vote. I have been disappointed in France since that visit. With that kind of leadership and change in culture maybe there will be improvement in the way they appreciate life. I was very disappointed to have my concern over the loss of so many sick and elderly in the heat wave with a shrug. Very disconcerting as having ancestry and being a visiting senior to the country." — Nancy

"One can only hope that this means a closer relationship with the French. Of course that can only happen if the French people give Sarkozy a chance to do what he says he wants to do. If they treat him the way our Congress and media treat our president, heaven help him!" — Sherry

"Wow. The French are going back to working 40 hour weeks. I guess that means we'll have to start calling those potatoes French Fries again." — Larry

"Relations will definitely improve. Not only is Sarkozy pro-U.S. he is also pro EU. Both will help France within Europe and the US. I believe the problems we had during the Chirac administration was him, not the French people as a whole." — Steven

"It's about time that we now will have a pro-U.S. person in charge over there!" — T.Nelson (Tarrytown, NY)