Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Abrasions

A Le Monde journalist of North African descent recounts his daily encounters with prejudice.

Regionals


Compare two maps: this one in Le Figaro, showing where the paper thinks the Right will do well in the regionals, and the one below, the most recent map of unemployment in France. The Right is generally doing well where unemployment is lowest.

Giscard Fesses Up

OK, so he didn't sleep with the princess and is just an over-the-hill skirt-chaser with a hyperactive imagination: un homme, donc, fait de tous les hommes, et qui les vaut tous et que vaut n'importe qui.

Incomprehensible

Gérard Collomb, once an important backer of Ségolène Royal, finds her recent actions "incomprehensible" and in particular cannot understand her change of position on the carbon tax. (She, of course, denies that she has changed position, but I'm with Collomb on this one.) Here is yet one more sign that Ségo is now essentially on her own in her quest for the presidency. Apart from Bianco and Frêche, I'm not sure that anyone of remotely national stature remains in her camp.

Meanwhile, as Bernard Girard notes, the Socialists did badly in the by-election in Yvelines, outstripped 20-15 by the Greens. One can propose various explanations for this poor showing, but I am inclined to agree with Bernard that the most plausible is voter fatigue with the Socialists' inability to distract themselves from their internal quarrels long enough to propose any sort of recognizable alternative to the policies of the Right.