Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chirac Plays the "Gâteux" Card

With the Chirac trial set to resume on Monday, the former president's family has dramatically intervened with a letter to the court stating that "il n'a plus l'entière capacité de participer au déroulement des audiences." Who knows? Perhaps it would be a strain to appear in the dock, although he appeared lucid enough a few months ago when he waved off his handlers long enough to let the press know that he thought his fellow Corrèzien François Hollande would make a good president. It must have taken a certain lucidity to calculate such a deft way of sticking the knife between his successor's ribs. Of course, the family letter does say that the trial can proceed without him, which is perfectly true.

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