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France is having an election, and you should care
France is having an election, and you should care

Being a geopolitical analyst and forecaster often means having to explain to people in America how and why a single event in Africa, Russia or China will directly impact them. One such event is the French presidential election set for May 2012, for which the opposition Socialists have just selected their candidate, Francois Hollande, in a final round of open primary voting. For most people, the knee-jerk reaction to an event on the other side of the world is, "Why should I give a toss what happens in France? Also, they are Socialists and promiscuous, so there's that." While such foreign-policy prowess might be a hit at the local pub, would it really be smart to ignore an...

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