Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Soumaré affair has occasioned some harsh words on the right. Éric Raoult, who distinguished himself not long ago by suggesting that Marie N'Diaye, as a winner of the Prix Goncourt, had a devoir de réserve that obliged her to say nothing disparaging about her president, now emerges as a sympathizer of M. Soumaré, whose youthful brush with the law "makes me like him" (ce type, ça me le rend sympathique). "If you want to create a reflex on the right against people of color, you couldn't do better" than to go after Soumaré as the UMP did. Of course Raoult also lets slip that Valérie Pécresse hasn't been speaking to him for a month, so one suspects that more is at work than sympathy for the rehabilitated.
Nicolas Sarkozy will apparently name Michel Charasse to the Conseil Constitutionnel. A former Socialist, Charasse was the court jester at the Court of François Ier. He will bring to the CC a tolerant view of public funding of private education. Perhaps that's the reason for his appointment.
Is the Socialist Party still a party? Gérard Collomb and Vincent Peillon have decided to speak out in support of Georges Frêche. Is it high principle--the party shouldn't exclude Frêche's supporters even if their principal has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth--or low politics--the Languedoc-Roussillon sections favor DSK in the presidential sweepstakes, and Aubry's move to exclude key elements is seen as a step toward bolstering her own candidacy?
Didier Migaud, a Socialist who headed the parliamentary finance committee, has been named to replace Philippe Séguin at the Cour des Comptes. L'ouverture ain't what it used to be. Migaud has been discreet in his parliamentary role, which was initially touted as an important check on the presidency and enhancement of parliamentary power. Perhaps he will be a little less discreet in his new position, following his predecessor's example (or perhaps not). Who will replace Migaud as chair of the parliamentary committee, a post reserved for the opposition, remains to be decided.