Monday, August 10, 2009

Who Knew?

Patrick Devedjian, connoisseur ...

August ...

... is the cruelest month for a French political blogger. It's la fermeture annuelle for the government, and any self-respecting Frenchman is en vacances, so what is there to write about, and for whom?

Even the hyperpresident has discovered the joys of relaxation. In the summer of 2007 he was jogging around Winnepasaukee with packs of paparazzi at his heels, Cécilia was making news with her sore throat, and no vacation was too important to be interrupted for a quick flight back to France lest the evening news find an excuse to interrupt its steady flow of super-Sarko stories. In the summer of 2009, sympathy for the presidential syncope has sent his approval rating to its highest level in months while he takes it easy on the Côte. Who knew that governing could be so easy?

Of course la rentrée looms, now only a few weeks away. I expect a flurry of activity come September. This preternatural silence can't last. In the meantime, I will use the lull to get some work done.