Francois Hollande is now president of France, and now must confront the reality of being president of an important nation. Nicolas Sarkozy came across as the buddy of America, and thus supported the presence of French troops in Afghanistan. Francois prefers to bid adieu to that far away land and return all French combat forces immediately rather than waiting until 2014. This will not endear him to President Obama.
After dealing with foreign policy issues, Francois has the minor issue of confronting Angela Merkel and urging less austerity and more stimulus to a woman who does not take saying “no” to her very lightly. Ah, it was so nice being in the opposition, but win and one must confront reality.