Nicolas Sarkozy warned French voters last Thursday they should re-elect him as president to pursue his cost-cutting plans or face the kind of debt crises that have gripped Greece and Spain.
Sarkozy said France faced a “historic choice” between his austerity measures or a disastrous return to uncontrolled spending.
“Certain countries in Europe are today on the edge of a precipice,” he warned, promising that under his continued leadership France could rediscover “competitiveness, innovation, investment, reduced spending.”
Spain’s budget minister admitted this week that Madrid is in a “critical situation” as government debt and unemployment surge higher — mirroring the problems that led Greece to seek an EU and IMF bailout last year.
Polls put the frontrunners neck-and-neck in the first round, but forecast Hollande will win the May 6 run-off, ending the Socialists’ 17-year losing streak.
1. austerity n.
緊縮 (jin3 suo1)
例: Many Portuguese believe that the austerity measures will eventually lead to recovery.
2. precipice n.
處境危急的邊緣 (chu3 jing4 wei2 ji2 de5 bian1 yuan2)
例: How does a racially divided society step back from the precipice of racism to unite as a nation?
3. mirror v.
反映 (fan3 ying45)
例: His own views mirrored those of his followers.