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The White House
April 22, 2007
Statement from the President on the French elections
I congratulate the people of France on conducting a mostly free and fair election. However, reports of long lines at polling stations, malfunctioning electronic voting machines, and the reported high turnout may point to indications of voter fraud. Nevertheless, this is a big step forward for a country that lacks our western notions of freedom such as liberty, equality, and fraternity. I look forward to working with the eventual victor to restore the spirit of 1950s France -- one that recognized the threat from Communo-Islamism in Viet Nam and Algeria, even if it wasn't able to finish the job.