Friday, June 20, 2008

Sarkozy and the Intellectuals

Nicolas Sarkozy possesses one attribute that should make him feel right at home at his luncheons for intellectuals, now a regular feature of his presidency: "An absolutely ferocious will to convince." An account published in Le Figaro suggests that he likes to play the role of provocateur with his guests, many of whom seem to appreciate his pointed banter and relaxed manner. Luc Ferry drew a frown, however, when he suggested that the reforms were unpleasant medicine that ought to be redeemed by artistic embellishments of daily life. This remark evidently displeased the apostle of reform.