It's true that France has a lot of strikes and labor problems. And it's true that the French have elected a center right President who promises reform and good relations with the US - quite a change. Although there are a lot of poorly educated immigrants, France as a whole is a country of educated people. It's clear that their recent votes represent a desire for change. Could this happen in Argentina? It seems much less likely. First of all, outside of Capital the population is not so well educated. People in the provinces tend to be under the domination of the same political machine, sometimes families, that have ruled for decades. The people are dependent on these politicians for jobs and handouts. They vote the way they are told to vote. A few years ago during the peak of Argentina's economic/political crisis politicians were unpopular. There were incidents of violence against some politicians and there was a sense that finally the people would take matters into their own hands and force politican change. In the end that did not happen. The same political party remains in power, no meaningful change whatsoever has occurred. The current leaders blame Menem, the US, the World Bank, the IMF etc for all of Argentina's ills - and the people accept it. It's possible that some day enough people will come to their senses to see that perpetuating the same old system works only for the politicians themselves, but I have my doubts that that will be any too soon.