Sunday, October 28, 2007
Lesley Stahl Does France
Sarko apparently stormed out of his interview with Lesley Stahl because she asked him a question about Cécilia, but he should have refused to meet with her because she is so utterly ignorant of France, as this "reporter's notebook" makes clear (click on the "Lesley Stahl's notebook" link). She states that France "used to be anti-American but is now pro-American and pro-Israel" and that the French are "prohibited by law" from working more than 35 hours per week. This misunderstanding may make it difficult for her to comprehend Sarkozy's reform of the tax on overtime work.
Regular blog readers will be interested to learn that they have been joined today by hundreds of newcomers who are discovering "French Politics" for the first time, apparently because the news that Sarko walked out on CBS is spreading around the United States like wildfire. Today will set a record for hits on this site, most coming from people searching Google for "French president storms out of CBS interview." With one impulsive action, Sarko may have wiped out much of his carefully planned seduction of America. Or maybe not. Although Stahl opines that the French may like their politicians on the macho side, she seems to have forgotten what mileage Bush got in the good old days with lines like "Bring 'em on."