Ever since the revelations in the weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné regarding François Fillon’s employment of his wife and two children by his sides in the Parliament and Senate, we cannot ignore that the future President of France ’s profile is in question. What do we need: an honest President? Cunning? Fresh blood? Anti-establishment? Pro-media? Charismatic? A fighter? And so on and so forth…
It is true that, deep down, we would like a perfect President who represents every positive quality. But in the end, we have to deal with a man/woman – maybe not so normal in the end, since the position is most certainly not – who has their own strengths and weaknesses. Looking for someone who has never committed a mistake does not make any sense. Thus, we are in search of a person who recognizes their errors, apologizes and learns from them as well.
At the same time, it is a question of trust. Who is able to inspire enough trust in the French so that they will give them their vote? Consequently, simply learning from their mistakes is not enough. The words and actions that follow need to build trust between the electors and their candidate.
Yet, trust cannot be constructed/consolidated only on facts. There are also many subjective, yet determining, elements in the electors’ choice: feelings, intuition, the ability to identify with the future President’s personality, empathy, etc.
Add to this, particularly within the scope of the French Cartesian tradition, the existence or the integrity of a project or program, which will allow the Country to find its economic, social and cultural dynamism once again.
Finally, we cannot forget about international topics: who will best represent and defend France’s interests on the international stage in the face of allies and adversaries and stubborn leaders like, for example, D. Trump, V. Putin, M. Erdogan, X. Jinping, etc. In the end, who will best defend the French territory and French nationals against terrorism?
Faced with these personality requirements and pertinent questions, the French population will try to find their candidate among those who are campaigning in this presidential election.
But above and beyond these traits, it is time to explore a different avenue: the necessity to attain results instead of solely counting on a candidate’s means, tools and attributes.