Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Tale of Two Eras

With President Sarkozy's use of two jets to travel 500km to Brussels making news, Laurent Bouvet reminds us that the train de vie of the French state wasn't always thus. The photo at left, posted by Bouvet on Facebook, shows Lionel Jospin, while prime minister, waiting at an airline gate for a flight to Toulouse alongside several other passengers, one of whom certainly isn't being as diligent about her homework as the PM. The photo is by Raymond Depardon.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The distance between Paris and Brussels is only 261.29 kilomters.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Well, he did have to get back, didn't he?

Anonymous said...

Wait, why TWO jets?
Couldn't he take the same back?
Better yet - there's excellent train service with superb 1st class accomodations...

Arthur Goldhammer said...

A big one for himself and top staff, a smaller one for lower staff and press.

Won, Philippe et Raphael said...

TGV Thalys would have been more "Ecolo" , less "bling bling", less costly for the state, and roughly same short timing!
We know that his wife is not from the left, we have the confirmation now that he is not ecologist at all...

Anonymous said...

didn't De Gaulle pay the heating bills for the Elysée from his own pocket?



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