Thursday, February 4, 2010

Un Faux Ami

From Charles Bremner:

Hillary Clinton was in town last week. She denied in a speech that there was any coolness and reassured Europe of the administration's undying commitment.  There was an amusing moment when she dropped in to visit Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace, according to le Canard Enchaîné.  Super-Sarko, always eager to try out his English, tried to apologise to the Secretary of State about the miserable Paris weather. What he said was: "I am sorry for the bad time" (Time -- [temps ] --  and weather are the same word in French).

A Useful Provocation

The NPA has on its ticket in the Vaucluse one Ilham Moussaïd, a Muslim woman who wears a veil. This is an excellent move, I think. It points up the hypocrisy of defending discrimination against Muslims in the name of equality between the sexes, which has lately been erected into the "republican" value par excellence by parties that routinely ignore the parity law that is supposed to work toward equality between the sexes in the political sphere. There can be no question that Mme Moussaïd is wearing her veil voluntarily. Nor can it be alleged that, as a candidate for a party of the extreme left, she is promoting Islamist attacks on the Republic. Bien joué, Besancenot et cie.