Updated.

As the polls open across the Atlantic Ocean in France, the election results have become a foregone conclusion. For weeks, Nicolas Sarkozy had been running even with the darling of the French liberal media, Socialist babe Ségolène Royal.

Well Royal is toast. Sarkozy has pulled away to a commanding lead in the last week after a debate that the media bias labeled as a draw. A landslide victory today is now expected. Congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy, and to the French people for making a more intelligent choice.

As a sign of how desperate she has become in the past days, the lightweight Royal said this today:

“Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice. It is my responsibility today to warn people of the risk of his candidacy concerning the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country.”

The desperate comment was meant to create images of the Muslim rioting that occurred two years ago in France. She was roundly hooted and dismissed by Sarkozy’s camp for these manipulative remarks that should be beneath the dignity of politicians in any western democracy.

Update:
Final tally is 53% to 47% for the conservative Sarkozy over the socialist Royal. This is an historic and resounding victory for conservatism in Europe that should not be underestimated. Sarkozy has a special message for the American people that will be welcome to our ears.

“You can count on France as a friend.”

Remember this conservative victory and Sarkozy’s clear message when liberals put the entire weight of America’s standing in the world on George Bush’s shoulders. They say it takes two to tango, and foreign relations are no exception to the old saw.

America has a tougher time in the world because unfriendly liberals are running most of the governments in Europe. They do not like conservatism in foreign affairs, something that we experienced during the Reagan administration. France was no exception until today.

It is remarkable how U.S. foreign relations with France will change overnight for reasons that have nothing to do with George Bush.