Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Seven Percent Solution

Jean-François Copé has a simple solution to the Marine Le Pen problem: it vanishes, he says, if you add the seven percent of the vote attributed to Dominique de Villepin to Sarkozy's 20-22%. A score of 27-29 is enough to make everything right with the world: Sarko is back on top, the PS finishes third, and we're back to the good old days of 2002. Would it be churlish to point out that this was considered a catastrophe at the time?

Meanwhile, Bruno Le Maire, a former Villepin aide who now works for Sarkozy, is still trying to diminish the distance between the two, as he did when he was Villepin's chef de cabinet:


 La voix de Bruno Le Maire, ancien villepiniste désormais figure montante de la majorité, est intéressante : "Nous devons ménager Dominique [de Villepin], tenir compte de ses critiques, être capable de reprendre ses propositions",explique au Parisien celui qui est désormais en charge du projet du candidat pour 2012.
Alors que Dominique de Villepin vient d'être reçu à l'Elysée pour la seconde fois en quelques semaines, son ancien soutien précise qu'il refuse "catégoriquement demonter les Français les uns contre les autres".
I'm not sure how you take account of DDV's critiques and adopt his positions when the critique is as blunt as Villepin's was: Marine Le Pen's rise in the polls, he said, marked "l'échec d'une politique." He didn't say whose policy that was, but the target no doubt felt the blow while caressing his butcher's hook.

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