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Heard it through the buffet-line

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First reactions at the electoral night at The Centre, Brussels

Marko, Slovenia: "For Europe, he will be worse than De Gaulle" Filip, Germany: "S. Royal would bring the French people to Europe, whereas N. Sarkozy will bring himself"

Jordan, Canada/The Netherlands: "EU was pro-Bayrou anyway, but I think that N. Sarkozy has a better vision of where Europe should go"

Bertrand, France: "N.

Sarkozy has a project for the short term, but no vision for the European long term"

Thomas, The United States: "When you ask me what consequences the result has for Europe, I can only reply "Why would the French people care?""

Charles, France: "Sarkozy is a leader who will change the way we talk about issues. He changed the globalisation debate; it is not where France stands on globalisation, it is how to manage it."

Joan-Marc, Spain: "France already lags behind in environmental issues. With Sarkozy things will only get worse."