Enough French citizens believed that it was time for a change and Hollande now has five years to show France the change for which its citizens are longing. If he is able to pull it off, people will remember him more for being a great president than, rather than an accidental one.
Even by the dismal standards set by so many European rightwing governments in the last decade or so, Nicolas Sarkozy was a uniquely repellent politician. Brash, vulgar, ostentatious, ruthless and arrogant, his appetite for power was untempered by any moral scruples.
In 2007, Sarkozy said he would be 'the president of the buying power'. He leaves the country with 10% of unemployment and a debt of 82,3% of GDP. He has not kept his promises, and it's not by throwing up a smokescreen that the French will forget his record.