Monday, January 10, 2011

Meunier on Sarkozy and the G20

Sophie Meunier reflects on the French presidency of the G20.

Just Wondering

Longtime readers of this blog may recall the name of Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac, the former head of the mining and metals industry association UIMM, who was accused in 2007 of diverting 20 million euros worth of the organization's money to some mysterious purpose. Some said it was to buy off the unions. Others hinted at still more nefarious operations. But as far as I can determine nothing has come of the case. Is there still an investigation? Or has this affair been successfully buried after achieving its goal: the removal of Gautier-Sauvagnac from his post?

The Contentious French

On Thursday, Jan. 13, 6-8 PM, I will be one of five panelists at a session to discuss French styles of protest and demonstration, to be held at the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston. Details here.

Monetary Reform

President Sarkozy will meet President Obama today to discuss reform of the international monetary system and concerns about rising prices of food and scarce raw materials. Details are scarce, as is appropriate at this stage of a negotiation intended to achieve a consensus. But consensus between Washington and Paris is likely to prove elusive.