Wednesday, March 9, 2011
If I were a betting man, I'd say his case will proceed no further. His lawyers are too clever. He has aged into a national monument. His accomplices in crime have expiated his sins for him and are now back in power themselves, as if nothing had ever happened. And then, he holds a trump card: whatever happened in Karachi involves both the past president, who allegedly put an end to the rétrocommissions, and the present one, who was treasurer of the campaign of Balladur, who allegedly established them in the first place. They have each other by the throat. And Sarkozy needs to bind up all the old wounds with the Chiraquiens if he wants to make it to Round 2 in 2012. Who better to pressure Villepin than Chirac? So the watchword in the Chirac affair will surely be, Surtout pas de zèle.