Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eavesdroppers Everywhere

It wasn't only the cops who were listening in on Sarkozy. His trusted adviser Patrick Buisson was also recording his conversations nonstop. Buisson apparently never turned off the recorder he carried inside his vest pocket. Now, one of the recordings has leaked to Le Monde, which has published the planning session for the speech Sarkozy gave in 2011 on the Arab spring and the sacking of two of his ministers, Aliot-Marie and Hortefeux.

The discussion takes place, appropriately enough, in the hunting lodge at Versailles, La Lanterne. The contents reveal that Buisson rather subtly manipulated Sarkozy into portraying the Arab spring as a threat to Europe because of "the Muslim hordes" it was supposedly going to send fleeing to the northern shore of the Mediterranean. The discussion is worth reading in its entirety, and not least for Buisson's expression of distaste for Carla Bruni:

La réunion s'achève après une heure et demie de discussions et tergiversations. Patrick Buisson rentre à Paris avec "Jean-Mi".
"C'est dur, lâche-t-il, une fois le portail de la Lanterne derrière eux.
– De quoi ? De venir ici ?
— Non, la présence de… Carla, en référence à ses sorties intempestives pendant leur réunion.
Buisson also tries half-heartedly to derail the nomination of Alain Juppé as foreign minister, knowing that Sarkozy won't go for it:
Alain Juppé sera parfait en ministre des affaires étrangères. "Je trouve que ça fait professionnel. Je ne dis pas que c'est extraordinaire, concède le chef de l'Etat. C'est un type solide, carré, courageux pour un certain nombre de raisons personnelles dans lesquelles je ne veux pas rentrer." Patrick Buisson émet une réserve sur le "poids politique considérable" donné à un homme "synonyme de la plus grande catastrophe électorale de la droite en 1997" et mû par "un certain autisme à l'égard de ce que sont les électeurs populaires en France".
You have to love that "certain autism when it comes to ordinary voters in France" and the reminder that Juppé, the arrogant énarque, led the party to a crushing defeat in 1997. Henri Guaino recently emitted a similar opinion about Juppé's arrogance and alleged failure to have learned anything from "life's trials." Clearly, a part of the UMP is worried that Juppé is going to be the fallback candidate if Sarkozy is sidelined for 2017, and the old hatred of him is coming to the surface.

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