Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Compromesso storico: New UMP or Godfather IV?

The UMP has struck its "historic compromise," which will last, if all goes well, until the party elects a new president in October ... or until one of the many petits juges after the top party brass turns up more dirt on Copé, Sarkozy, Hortefeux, Guéant, Woerth, and others currently under investigation. Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Raffarin has persuaded his co-triumvirs Juppé and Fillon, themselves rivals to the death, to avert an open split in the party by installing Luc Châtel, a presumably loyal Sarkozy lieutenant--someone should write a book about how these lieutenancies come to be--as "secretary general" of the party, in which post he will attempt to hobble the efforts of the triumvirs to put the final nail in Sarkozy's coffin. Is this a political party or a script for The Godfather IV?

4 comments:

Steven Rendall said...

Good question. This morning France Info reported that prosecutorial investigation reports suggest that Gueant will be indicted on multiple counts, all of them serious. Your recent, very interesting posts on the appeal of the FN are apropos here. It's a sad commentary on French politics that for so many people, in particular among the workers, the only real alternative to politics as usual, and austerity in particular, is seen as being the FN.

TexExile said...

Feels more like the second triumvirate than the first...

FrédéricLN said...

As often said — "Il n'en restera qu'un".

Mitch Guthman said...

I am becoming increasingly indifferent to the relationship between the French political class and the French system of justice. These people are constantly either under investigation, under inditement or actually being prosecuted and nothing ever seems to come of it. Even the ones that are convicted don’t go to jail or face any serious consequences—it seems more like when some mafioso goes to jail and gets out to a welcome home party and a good job.

I think the French should just bite the bullet and pass a law that being under investigation, under indictment or even being a convicted criminal is no bar to running for or holding public office. Wouldn't that be easier and more honest, too?