Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Protection Racket?

News item:

Florence Woerth, l'épouse du ministre du Travail Eric Woerth, a candidaté en 2009 auprès des filiales françaises de deux banques suisses, au moment où son mari luttait contre l'évasion fiscale, a affirmé mercredi le journal Libération, ce que l'avocat de Florence Woerth dément. 

Two somewhat cheeky comments: first, when did candidater enter the language? (recently, it seems); second, does this story remind anyone else of American gangster movies of a certain era? You know, the ones where a tough guy saunters into a business and tells the proprietor, "Nice bank you got here. It would be a shame if anything happened to it. Protection will cost you  €10,000 a month."

Another curious aspect of this affair is the Woerths' apparently intense interest in horse racing. Mme Woerth's stable was yesterday's news. Today is M. Woerth's involvement in the sale of a racetrack in the forest of Compiègne. Strictly legal, to be sure.

Interview Flops

Steve R. wrote yesterday to say that in his part of the country, Sarkozy's interview with David Pujadas seemed to have gone over rather well, but this doesn't seem to be the case nationally:

Sur les trois grands sujets abordés au cours de l'émission, Nicolas Sarkozy n'a été jugé convaincant ni sur la réforme des retraites (53% contre 37% qui l'ont trouvé convaincant) ni sur la réduction des déficits (55% contre 29%) et encore moins à propos de l'affaire Woerth-Bettencourt (62% contre 23%).

Nicolas Sarkozy n'a finalement convaincu que son camp politique, à savoir 82% des sympathisants de droite, contre 11% seulement des sympathisants de gauche.