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Sarkozy warns France: Vote for me or end up like Spain
法國總統薩科茲警告:選我 不然下場就和西班牙一樣

French President Nicolas Sarkozy takes part in the TV show “Le Grand Journal” in Paris on Tuesday.
法國總統尼可拉‧薩科茲週二於巴黎上電視節目「Le Grand Journal」。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

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.

(Liberty Times)

尼可拉.薩科茲上週四警告,法國選民應該再把票投給他,讓他連任總統,繼續減支計畫,否則就會面臨緊纏希臘與西班牙的債務危機。

薩科茲說法國面對的是「具歷史意義的選擇」,要不接受他的撙節措施,否則就會悲慘地回到開銷不受控制的窘境。

「歐洲好幾個國家現在瀕臨危急的處境」,薩科茲警告,並承諾在他連任的領導下,法國可重新找回「競爭力、創新、投資、減支」。

由於政府債務和失業率飆高,西班牙的預算部長本週承認西班牙已面臨「緊急情況」,這也類似導致希臘去年尋求歐盟與國際貨幣基金紓困的問題。

民調顯示兩位領先者在第一輪投票不分上下,但預料歐蘭德會取得五月六日第二輪投票的勝利,結束社會黨長達十七年的連敗。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. austerity n.

緊縮 (jin3 suo1)

例: Many Portuguese believe that the austerity measures will eventually lead to recovery.

(許多葡萄牙人相信緊縮措施終究會讓經濟走向復甦之路。)

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?

(在一個種族分隔的社會下,如何能夠從種族歧視的邊緣,退回一步團結成一個國家?)

3. mirror v.

反映 (fan3 ying45)

例: His own views mirrored those of his followers.

(他的看法反映了追隨者的觀點。)


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