Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hollande and the Roma

This time, the words are more soothing and conciliatory, but the "dismantling" of Roma camps will continue, according to interior minister Valls, whenever a decision of the courts allows. Sarkozy polarized this issue unnecessarily, and created confusion between French travelers and Romanian immigrants, but the problem remains. The Roma are the largest minority population in Europe, numbering between 10 and 12 million. The new government should clarify what it means by alternative solutions and have something to propose besides dismantling and expulsions.

Hollande in the Hamptons

It seems that François Hollande has inspired fear and loathing in the Hamptons. An article in New York Magazine quotes "billionaire Jeff Greene" (a name I'd never heard until a few moments ago):

“Right now, for some bizarre reason, a lot of these people are supporting Republicans who want to cut taxes on the wealthy,” he says. “At some point, if we keep doing this, their numbers are going to keep swelling, it won’t be an Obama or a Romney. It will be a ­Hollande. A Chávez.”