Delphine Batho, no longer a minister, exhibits all the naïveté that one might expect of the political novice she remains. "Economic forces" wanted her ouster, she says, and got it. In particular, she accuses Vallourec, a company involved in fracking, for having her fired. This wouldn't have happened, she insists, if "government solidarity" had been maintained. If anyone is guilty of breaking solidarity, it is not the former minister of ecology, she insists, but her bosses Ayrault and Hollande. And anyway, the government has adopted a policy of austerity without being willing to speak its name.
Can she really be that clueless? Does she actually believe that "solidarity" means that the government must agree to whatever position a minister holds most dear? Can she not imagine that there might be legitimate reasons for policy disagreement, in which case the decision lies not with her, but with the prime minister and the president? Daniel Cohn-Bendit could be withering about the political ineptitude of his comrades among the Greens. Batho seems intent on proving rhat "Green Socialists" can be just as clueless.