Thursday, June 2, 2011

Baudis, "Defender of Rights"

An interesting tidbit:

Après des semaines d'hésitations, Nicolas Sarkozy a tranché. Il va nommer Dominique Baudis défenseur des droits, apprend-on de sources concordantes auprès du président de la République. Ce poste a été créé par la réforme de la Constitution de 2008. Agé de 64 ans, l'ancien maire de Toulouse avait été victime d'une grave calomnie en 2003 dans l'affaire du tueur en série Patrice Alègre. Président du conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel puis de l'Institut du Monde arabe, M. Baudis est actuellement député européen. La nomination pourrait avoir lieu en conseil des ministres mercredi prochain.
M. Sarkozy a finalement renoncé à nommer Eric Molinié, actuel président de la Halde. L'ancien ministre socialiste Jack Lang avait perdu toutes ses chances depuis qu'il a déclaré qu'il n'y avait pas "mort d'homme " pour justifier la mise en liberté de DSK.
In case you've forgotten, Baudis was once one of those people whom "everybody believed" to have been involved in a shady affaire de moeurs. He turned out to have been wrongly accused. Now the name of the ancien ministre socialiste has been floated by British tabloids, blogosphere pundits, and other unimpeachable sources as the person whom "everybody knows" to have been guilty in another alleged affaire de moeurs. To which I say, "everybody" ought to get a grip. Rumors should not be allowed to destroy a person's reputation. Since when has on-dit been accepted as proof of anything, even if it comes from the mouth of the esteemed author of La pensée '68?

3 comments:

bernard said...

Not least as I have some memory of this rumour which I very vaguely recall hearing, possibly in 1993-1995.

meshplate said...

Whose reputation has been tarnished by Ferry? No one's! And that wasn't even his aim. If some speculate on the 'net, that's not his fault. Is there any reason to believe that Ferry has suddenly become a insane slander (of an unnamed person) or that he has a suicidal compulsion to ruin his life for the sake of a lie? He's had more to gain by keeping it zipped, which is exactly the problem.

bernard said...

yeah, it was during the 1995 presidential campaign. Coincidences, coincidences...