Here it is:
The country with the political system and ideology closest to France is - the US.
My arguments for this will follow over the weeks.
So long, just have a look at Mr. Sarkozy's opinion on the matter:
Mr. Sarkozy, who has been accused of being too enamored of all things American, said he considered France and the United States to be on equal footing and somehow better than many others, because they believe that their values are universal and therefore destined to “radiate” throughout the world. The Germans, the Spaniards, the Italians, the Chinese, by contrast, do not think that way, he said.
Pleased though I am about this support, I am also struck by another, equally surprising, bit of praise for America:
He listed the things that appealed to him during his two-week vacation [in New England]: the countryside, the shopping malls, the restaurants...
The shopping malls?? Apparently Sarkozy really does want to turn France into another mini-America. But I'm not sure I, or the French, can stomach the idea of a "New-England-Come-New-France" minus the convenient Chinatown-bus connection to New York...
(For the full interview, see here)