“You cannot be elected president of France without a blog,” said Benjamin Griveaux, director of Web strategy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former finance minister who in 2004 was among the first politicians to start a blog. “Blogs have not replaced traditional media, but they are absolutely necessary for every politician.”
Thomas Crampton has an interesting IHT piece titled ‘France’s mysterious embrace of blogs’. The above quotation from Benjamin Griveau registered. While France is ahead of its EU neighbours in terms of mainstream adoption it is a trend which has only just begun.