Thursday, April 5, 2012
A Bold First Step
François Hollande has shown the world that he has the right stuff to be president. Yes, his bold proposal to cut his own salary by 30% has shown the world that he means business. To be sure, €100,000 is but a tiny fraction of the €100 billion by which he has promised to reduce the French deficit (1 one-millionth, to be exact), but one can easily imagine the next steps: flying coach to the next G20 meeting, taking the Métro to work instead of a limo with police escort, state dinners catered by Quik, and lowering the Élysée thermostat by 2 degrees during the winter months. Who needs une règle d'or when the head of state is prepared to set such an example of frugality. Sarkozy's slogan is "la France forte." Hollande's could be "la France pingre."