Monday, June 22, 2009

Collomb not feeling dovish

Gérard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon and a prominent local baron of the PS, has threatened, apparently, to "dynamite" his own party in order to shake things up, lest it "suffer the fate of the PCF." This "after a few glasses of wine" in "an Italian restaurant" in Japan! Perhaps, back home and in a more sober moment, this remark would have been couched in more diplomatic terms. Still, it says a great deal about the party's current state of mind.

The Speech

I will be away from my computer today and therefore won't be blogging about Sarkozy's major address to "le Congrès" until late tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm sure some of you will want to comment, so feel free to indulge by appending your remarks to this post. This speech will of course set the tone for the remainder of Sarkozy's mandate.