The Cagle Post has a collection of cartoons about the French presidential election. This one is by Patrick Chappatte, a Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist who draws for Le Temps, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the International Herald Tribune.
© Chappatte - www.globecartoon.com
A Frenchman (note the obligatory baguette and beret) is contemplating the campaign posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Socialist challenger François Hollande, the two candidates who will face each other in the runoff on May 6th. He remarks, "It's a choice between sedative or amphetamines".
Amphetamine is a drug which increases people's energy, and makes them excited. This drug represents Sarkozy, who has been nicknamed the "hyper-president" because of his hyperactive leadership style. François Hollande, on the other hand, has a reputation as a calm, reasonable and fairly pragmatic candidate, so he would be the sedative (a sedative is medicine or drug that calms you or makes you sleep).
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