Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Flying Charges

So, now we know that François Fillon used a jet made available by Hosni Mubarak to ease his vacation travels. I guess one just expects the red carpet treatment when one is a French official sojourning abroad. But we also learn that President Sarkozy is purer than Caesar's wife: he flew from Brussels to New York this weekend to visit little Louie, and he paid his own way on a commercial flight (rather than reimburse the state for the €20,000 per hour cost of Air Sarko 1).

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually Sarko flew on a private jet AND only paid the price of a seat on commercial flight!!

Mark said...

It doesn't look like there will be any consequences; as Thierry Desjardins writes, UMP deputes have already applauded Alliot-Marie whose case, while the most egregious, is on the same continuum. The refusal to accept responsibility, sense of entitlement and complacency is shared in each case. Yes, it's slightly tiresome being criticized by the press and the have-nots whose resentments it represents, but that will be short-lived and the only price they'll have to pay. And being disliked by those one disdains is finally no great hardship. "We've got it coming to us and we don't care what anyone thinks," they seem to say amongst themselves. For this state elite, conscience and decency are quaint superstitions with which only losers console themselves. Aren't all the benefits (not just these petty ones) that are made available to them the point of being there in the first place? After all, they believe they're paid far less than they think they are worth.

nothing117 said...
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nothing117 said...

Sarkozy actually flew on the presidential plane for this voyage. Per an odd decision of the Cour des Comptes, the President is obliged to pay the rate for a commercial seat when using the presidential plane for un-official or private purposes. The Cour reasoned that this was a reasonable gesture given the impractical nature of forcing the President and his entire entourage to fly commercial.