Baaba Maal: Sarkozy was about the past, and old France. Throughout the French election campaign, as race and immigration became heated topics, many of my black and African French friends were joking that perhaps they should start packing their bags. These guys are some of France's best artists, they are internationally renowned musicians, award-winning authors, great intellectuals and humanitarians, and even they felt that if Nicolas Sarkozy won, things were going to get very difficult for them. Now, they are all unpacking. They can stay, they are part of France's future, and they can help to make France great again.