Really? I have friends in France (Gironde) and they say the general consensus is that Germany is France's best ally and both should better make their own European Union...
I don't think this is a general consensus in France.
The French want peaceful relations with their neighbors - of whom, the Germans - that doesn't mean they consider them to be their best allies. And personnaIly I don't.
Some anti-german feeling may come up very quickly (in France, we refere to it as to "germanophobie") as we saw it late 2011, especialy when we feel that Germans want to rule Europe (in fact, they rule it as long as they can sell their goods abroad especially within he European Union to bring them back money. And Germany is still strongly linked up to her history, mainly from 1933 to 1945. No one wants to forget about this).
But the open back-up from Frau Merkel to Sarkozy was very indecent. This woman (and her staff) seem to forget that the strong Euro policy and the will of the French people don't necessarily mix together. And this presidential election is before all a French business, where the other countries (like Germany) don't have to smuggle.
My assumptions were right... Mélenchon's position in the polls was unbelievable. Now there's only 3 points between Sarkozy and Hollande, much closer than what the polls predicted... And Le Pen votes, once again, underestimated.