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How’s Your Political I.Q.?: May 14-18


1. Nicholas Sarkozy was recently elected president of France at age 53. Since the Fifth Republic of France was founded in 1958, who has been the only other French president younger than Sarkozy? 

2. The defeat of Sarkozy’s opponent Ségolène Royal was the third straight presidential election defeat suffered by the Socialists?  Who was the last Socialist president of France?

3. As the son of an immigrant, Sarkozy is also the first first-generation Frenchman to be elected president of his country.  From what country did Sarkozy’s father emigrate to France?

4. Kansas Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been in the news recently following the tornado that hit her state. Sebelius is the daughter of another Democratic governor of another state. Can you name him? 

5. What governor is the son of a U.S. representative?


1. Valery Giscard d’Estaing, elected president in 1974 at age 48.

2. Francois Mitterrand, president from 1981-95.

3. Hungary. 
4. John J. Gilligan, governor of Ohio from 1970-74. 

5. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri, son of present Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the House Republican whip.

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