Thursday, April 9, 2015

Le Parti Républicain

Nicolas Sarkozy has hit upon the winning strategy. Tired of hearing his UMP linked inextricably to its supposed mirror image on the left, the PS, via the Le Penist amalgam UMPS, he has decided to rename his party Le Parti républicain. "« C'est le bon mot car la République, c'est ce qui rassemble le plus », a-t-il déclaré." One used to say, la République, c'est ce qui divise le moins, but what's the difference? Anyway, the UMP ceased to have any meaning when it went from being the Union de la Majorité Présidentielle to the Union d'un Mouvement Populaire, faute de président. What popular movement? What union? So, RIP UMP. Hello, Republican Party (but didn't France already have one of those?) It will be a clarifying move for Americans, who are used to a political contest between Republicans and Kenyan Socialists.


Arun Kapil said...

No, Sarko says it will simply be called "Les Républicains." There has already been a Parti Républicain (1977-97) in France. And a formation with a Gaullist pedigree can never be called a "parti." S'il vous plaît. Jamais de la vie!

bert said...

Because why?
The General embodies the Nation and is therefore above party? Not something one could seriously apply to Sarkozy though, surely. Assuming one could ever seriously apply it to de Gaulle.

bernard said...

something tells me that another major goal in Sarko's mind is to redraw the statutes to his liking.

Art is of course correct on his UMPS, but it goes further in typical gaullist fashion. If they are les republicains, anyone else is not. Me thinks he didn't like the January sequence one bit, where the 4 million demonstration was essentially a demonstration of the left.

Massilian said...

"La République nous appelle
Sachons vaincre ou sachons périr
Un Français doit vivre pour elle
Pour elle un Français doit mourir.

La victoire en chantant nous ouvre la barrière5.

La Liberté guide nos pas.
Et du nord au midi, la trompette guerrière
A sonné l'heure des combats.
Tremblez, ennemis de la France,
Rois ivres de sang et d'orgueil !
Le Peuple souverain s'avance ;
Tyrans descendez au cercueil."

One of Giscard favorites...

Anonymous said...

New party name is :

Les Ripoux - Blicains