In the postwar period the power on the left, unions and strikes in France has been strong and not there has been any or no local Thatcher who smother them and shifting the protectionist system that has characterized the Republic. While the French left and right have traditionally sought preserve the continental diplomatic strategy and a not so free trade economic model, British Labour and conservatism foster an economy and closer to the U.S. diplomacy. France is the only European country where anti-capitalist or Trotskyist left call has come to exceed 10% of the votes. Its social and economic system has not changed according to the Anglo-American liberal rules, something that Sarkozy wants to initiate. to the entente formidable when in may Sarkozy comes to power he poses a radical transformation of his country. He argues that it should end with the culture of the may 68 (i.e.
one based on the weight of the egalitarian tenets and anti-market of student and labour revolt that occurred then) and that his country must modernise in order to put an end to both unemployment and backwardness of France in the world economy. He is also very hard to immigrants, whose number you want to reduce. For the left the adjustments that he tries to will be the real power of wages lower, increase the day Labor (the Socialists dropped to 35 hours per week) and reducing benefits for the needy, although the Conservatives claim that such reforms are necessary to lower social spending, attract more capital and create more jobs although they do not have the same level of buying power and the same rights than before. Sarkozy wants to move from the previous social model and economic protectionist toward one more open towards globalization and liberal. If previously the French elites had a consensus to resist to the Anglo-Saxon model, now Sarkozy wants to create a new consensus towards approaching said model and the powers which advocate it.