The pressure is increasing on the mayor of Bordeaux to mount his white charger and ride to the rescue. The saga of Les Républicains is beginning to look like the perils of Pauline, although at the moment it looks like everyone wants to leave the heroine Fillon tied to the tracks as the locomotive runs her over. The exasperation with the stubborn candidate is palpable.
I lectured in Ottawa yesterday on the election and failed to mention the Juppé groundswell. It seems to have gained considerable strength overnight. One can only imagine the febrile conversations among Republicans. I hope they've sorted things out by the time of my next lecture next week. It's getting to be annoying to have to redo my PowerPoints every 24 hours.