I agree with you France is a beautiful country. Prefer the smaller towns to the large in general. Slower pace, more time, more relaxed.
I would have loved to live there.
Hollande seems to be a modern day realistic social “moderate”, who takes social responsibilities into consideration when “discussing policies”. I don’t see any real lurch to the left in economic policies, but expect a moderate degree of stimulus and increased infrastructure work. But when I was wandering around France last year I was surprised by the amount of “government constructions” being already started, or continuing, producing a stimulus of the economy for local communities.
Frances GDP is up, UK's down.
I think you have to judge Greek fears and difficulties of government against its post war history.
Civil war and military “coups” with development of military and post military elite and political swings between far left and far right.
If the European leaders had endorsed the Papandreou call for a referendum in November the situation may have been resolved more satisfactorily before now. (Perhaps, a case of where outsiders should not have meddled with internal processing. Even though they had a genuine interest, perhaps it would have been better to observe than get involved.)
“What caused the eurozone crisis?
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is in a full-blown political crisis after his shock decision to hold a referendum on the latest EU bailout plan for debt-laden Greece.
Several MPs in his ruling Pasok (socialist) party have rebelled against his decision, including Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whom he appointed in June.
Mr Papandreou's EU partners have warned him that if the referendum goes ahead the voters must be asked whether they want to stay in the eurozone or not.
Can Papandreou survive this crisis?
The pressure is mounting on Mr Papandreo”