Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sarko Surrenders ... to Raffarin

It seems that party unity is essential, more essential than saving face. In the great clash over the "theme park tax" between the president and the former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Raffarin has emerged victorious. The Disney tax will not be raised, and lovers of Mickey can continue to be fleeced at the old rate. There wasn't enough in it for state coffers for Sarkozy to risk alienating the Raffarin faction, or shopkeepers' UMP.

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