Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Villepin Had 600 Signatues!!

According to Le Figaro, Dominique de Villepin had 600 signatures, more than enough parrainages to win a place on the ballot, but he preferred to stand down rather than suffer a humiliatingly low level of support in the first round. Seems plausible to me. I simply did not believe that a former prime minister and close advisor to Chirac over many years could not round up enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Moreover, I was told yesterday by someone who knows Villepin fairly well that the prospect of a mediocre performance in the election was so distasteful that the former PM rapidly formed a clairvoyant view of the pleasures of a life outside politics and that he has turned to the study of poetry while perhaps biding his time for a more opportune moment.


Brian W. Ogilvie said...

I've been enjoying having a ringside seat for the présidentielle, so to speak. (I have to say that I especially enjoy being outside of the US during the Republican primaries, too.) But this news made my jaw drop. I can understand Villepin's wanting to withdraw rather than go down in flames, but why would he lie so blatantly about the reason? Doesn't that send his credibility down in flames? I just don't get it. Is it the arrogance of someone who has, it must be noted, never been elected to public office, or is there something else going on?

Anonymous said...

So the system of élu parrainages worked after all. Still want to go to citizen signatures? ;-)


TexExile said...

You heard it here first.

bernard said...

A small, unimportant detail: you have your signatures, you run, borrow and spend money, you get a ridiculous share of vote, you end up with big personal debts which, since you have no special talent for business having been a diplomat and poet most of your life, follow you for decades. Better to take your loss early and move on.