Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Déjà vu

Nicolas Sarkozy was on TV last night berating the absence of government in France, the lack of "authority," the absence of "order." He was referring to the chaos caused by refinery blockages, shortages of gasoline at the pump, and long lines at service stations. "Where is the government?" he asked.

Where is M. Sarkozy's memory, I ask in turn. When he pushed through retirement reform in 2010, the CGT responded as it is responding now, by blocking refineries and impeding fuel deliveries. It took a while, but eventually Sarkozy decided to get tough, as Valls is about to do.

Parallèlement, M. Martinez politise son discours. Alors que la gauche de la gauche est en miettes, il se place dans la posture de chef de l’opposition de gauche à François Hollande et Manuel Valls et anticipe une défaite de la gauche en 2017. « Hollande et Valls utilisent les mêmes méthodes que Nicolas Sarkozy en 2010, a-t-il déclaré samedi à Wizernes (Pas-de-Calais). Face à la lutte des salariés, ils envoient les forces de l’ordre pour casser les grèves. »
M. Sarkozy may have forgotten the episode, but I'm sure Front National voters remember and take it as one more demonstration that the UMPS is one barely differentiated party of grandes gueules. despite the metamorphosis of the UMP into LR.