Friday, June 17, 2011

L'Élégance

Éric Besson seems to be taking etiquette lessons from his boss, President Sarkozy, but Sarkozy I, the "Casse-toi, pauvr' con" Sarkozy, not Sarkozy II, the circumspect, soft-spoken Sarkozy who has been trained in the art of public relations by his new wife. Besson stormed off the stage of an M6 taping yesterday:

«Le ministre s’est levé. Il a retiré son micro et l’a jeté sur la table et il a dit: "Allez, je vous laisse. Je me casse. Fait chier"», a raconté la personne qui a assisté à la scène. «Quand le journaliste lui a demandé ce qu’il faisait, le ministre a répondu: "Je me barre"».
The immediate cause of his anger seems to have been a segment on alleged safety flaws at French nuclear plants. Hardly the sort of thing to trigger such an outburst. A seasoned pol should be able to deal with this kind of low-level whistle-blower allegation without breaking a sweat, even if the allegations are true. I mean, what's a minister for, if not to deny the truth when necessary with a perfectly straight face. Blowing up only suggests that there's something to the story. A first-class blunder for a guy who's not well-liked by his "comrades" in the UMP, who naturally see him as a turncoat who has been rewarded beyond his deserts. This incident may be all the ammunition they need to do him in.

1 comment:

meshplate said...

Nice one, Art: "I mean, what's a minister for, if not to deny the truth when necessary with a perfectly straight face. "!