What’s a liberal?

In a story by Voice of America about the recent French election, this was reported:

Sarkozy is a tough-talking Interior Minister who wants to cut taxes and relax labour laws to boost a sluggish economy. Royal says she would increase government spending and preserve generous benefits for workers.

They labeled one of the candidates conservative and one of them liberal. From the above quote can you tell which one they labeled as a “liberal?”

Maybe keep the definition of liberal in mind: favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

Who’s the “liberal?” It was Royal of course. The one who wants to increase the size of government and preserve generous benefits to workers. And Sarkozy was labeled a conservative, though he wants to change everything. The two terms are completely backwards! It happens here too, and I guess we’re going to have to accept it, but that’s ridiculous and I just want to point out the complete irrationality of the paradigm.

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