Sarkozy joins fallen leaders amid Europe crisis
This combination of Associated Press file photos shows, from top left, former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, former Portugal interim Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Jose Socrates, former Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Spain Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and Chairman Timo Soini of the True Finns. When Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated Sunday, May 6, 2012, in France's presidential runoff by Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, he joined a series of European leaders booted from office because of public anger over austerity measures and economic crisis. Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader. (AP Photo/File)
Nicolas Sarkozy, defeated Sunday in France's presidential runoff by Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, joins a series of European leaders booted from office because of public anger over government spending cuts and economic crisis. Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader.
Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after addressing supporters at his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party headquarters after the the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections were announced in Paris Sunday May 6, 2012. Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Here's a look at countries where political cadavers litter the landscape.
— ITALY: Silvio Berlusconi, the long-serving leader and survivor of scandals over everything from allegedly bedding escorts to serial corruption, finally bites the dust in November 2011. He resigns to cheers and jeers as investors lose confidence in his ability to spur economic growth and rein in debt. It's the end of a political era. Mario Monti, a former European Commissioner, is named to replace him and lead a technical government until elections in 2013.
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 file photo Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a meeting in downtown Milan, Italy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Just about every European country that has been hit by the debt crisis, and held elections since it began, have thrown out their leaders. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
— GREECE: Greek Socialist leader George Papandreou swept to power in October 2009 pledging to spend his way out of a deteriorating economic situation. Two years later, at the height of Greece's worst financial crisis since World War II, Papandreou's own deputies force him out after he endangers a hard-won bailout by pledging to put it to a referendum. He's replaced by caretaker Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. On Sunday, Greek voters punish the country's two dominant parties, with projections showing both losing support to anti-bailout groups in parliamentary elections and no party gaining enough ballots to form a government.