27 04 12 - 21:15Why do such different places have the same problem?
3. France and America have more in common than just high unemployment.
Immigration, race and the assimilation of France's large Muslim community have been prominent issues leading up to the election, even before the March shootings by an Islamic extremist in Toulouse and Montauban.
Sarkozy has been tough on immigration. Last year, a law went into effect banning Islamic face coverings in public places, the so-called burqa ban. And in a recent television interview, Sarkozy said France has "too many foreigners" and that the country is not integrating them properly.
Sarkozy won the 2007 election by taking a strong stance on race, according to political analyst Simon Persico from the Center of European Studies. But Le Pen, this year's far-right candidate, says Sarkozy hasn't been strong enough while in office.
"Le Pen is saying the original is better than the copy, and that voters should not believe Sarkozy on race," he told CNN. - CNN
Constant racial antagonism; nationalism rising.
Why are both sides of the Atlantic so confused?
Maybe we got our hands on a bad batch of ideology around 1789.
Your move, France.