Sunday, February 27, 2011

Remaniement

Selon des informations du "Monde", le remaniement est désormais fixé : Juppé remplace Alliot-Marie aux affaires étrangères. Claude Guéant devient ministre de l'intérieur, Gérard Longuet ministre de la défense. Hortefeux devient conseiller politique à l'Elysée. Patrick Ollier reste ministre des relations avec le Parlement.
Not much news there. Hortefeux's lateral move is hardly a sanction for his missteps, and he's always been a political advisor anyway. And is Ollier's retention supposed to be compensation for his companion's dismissal? If this is supposed to be Sarkozy's "je vous ai compris," I have to say, "on ne vous comprend pas. C'est le service minimum."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Longuet, another one convicted of corruption...

Arthur Goldhammer said...

He was also a founder of the extreme right group Occident, incarcerated for assault. And he drafted the first economic program of the nascent Front National. Later, however, he became a neo-liberal, along with Occident co-founder Alain Madelin. Madelin, Longuet, Devedjian--these are a type of politician not often found outside of France: intellectual, formerly pro-colonialist, xenophobic, racist, and violent, but awarded high diplomas and elite status despite numerous brushes with the law.

Kirk said...

Wasn't there something about the three of them and something they did in their youth last year in the news? I seem to recall that Occident thing...

Mark said...

No mention of MAM in the allocution, and dear Sarko would have us believe the cause of the reshuffle is....the events in the middle east! Who is going to fall for that? What a lame fib.

Kirk said...

Well, to be fair, I don't recall in the past, when they have reshuffled ministers, any mention of the ones leaving. I may be wrong, but I think last time it was just saying who's in, not who's out.

FrédéricLN said...

"the cause of the reshuffle is....the events in the middle east!"

Indeed, it is.

When MAM was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs, some people questioned her references for the task.

She answered - quite truly - that she had extended experience of negotiations in the countries that counted most for France, i.e. oil exporting countries, as Minister for Interior then Minister for Defense.

Her insistence on "security cooperation" with Mr Ben Ali was just a logical consequence of this.

The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and most of Libya shown that MAM's address book wasn't the most adequate one for France right now.

Louis said...

Longuet is an incredible choice. For all his diplomas a corrupt thug, what kind of good can he do to any government? Does Sarkozy think he needs Longuet's constituency? Expertise? Moral legitimacy? A pity to watch, really.

Mark said...

@FrédéricLN What i mean (I'm not alone, read the editiorials in Libé) is that Sarko said in essence 'unprecedented events required a new foreign minister', as if MAM hadn't actually been fired. If she had not lied and had not been corrupt, would he have replaced her? Of course not! Are other foreign ministers being fired in the EU or the US? They are all as incompetent; these crises have shown them all up; they've all been backing the wrong horses. Saying the the great manifestations of freedom, the arab spring required a new foreign minister is called making a virtue of necessity, spinning or more plainly obfuscating. I prefer plain old lying best.