An American observer comments on French politics.
I agree. Hollande has handled both the response to the attacks and the Syrian refugee situation extremely well. I've been very favorably impressed.I think he's also done himself quite a bit of good politically, although it's too soon to tell.
I also prefer Hollande's proactive Syria policy over Obama's wait-and-see attitude. But his reaction to the terrorist attacks is based, in my opinion, more on his cluelessness about reforming the French economy than any sense of duty he might feel to France or the international community. He has a number of uncomplimentary nicknames (one of which translates loosely as the "Pillsbury Doughboy"), including "Chef de Deuil", which translates as "Mourner-in-Chief". This comes from his obvious preference to attending funerals than taking tough political decisions.
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