M. Ferry assure qu'il n'a pas les preuves de ce qu'il avance, mais il s'est dit ravi d'avoir jeté un pavé dans la mare. Une telle attitude est indigne de la part d'un homme qui est l'une des cautions intellectuelles de la droite. Elle alimente un climat de soupçon généralisé qui ne peut que faire le jeu de l'extrême droite. Elle donne libre cours à la thèse du "complot", puisqu'il affirme avoir des témoignages de la part "des autorités de l'Etat au plus haut niveau"…Remember that it was Marine Le Pen who exploited Frédéric Mitterrand's confessions of culpable sexual tourism. Luc Ferry has now seemingly confirmed her thesis of tous pourris. Within the microcosm, he is saying, there are two kinds of people: sinners and those who turn a blind eye to their sins. Whether this allegation is true or not no longer matters. It has become an article of faith that "everybody knows," even if nobody seems to know precisely what "everybody" knew or whether what they thought they knew was mere rumor or something more substantial. The climate of suspicion is now total. France may have doubted that the presumption of innocence exists in the United States, but in France it now appears that the collective guilt of the entire political class is assumed on the basis of little more than a cloakroom rumor magnified by the power of the media. I don't think I've ever witnessed an unhealthier atmosphere in 40 years of following French politics.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Ferry Sows, Le Pen Reaps
Le Monde is right: Luc Ferry is proud of having roiled the pond by tossing in his huge rock, but the resulting waves are floating Marine Le Pen's boat (to stretch a metaphor):