Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Long March to the Presidency

There is a book to be written about Nicolas Sarkozy's long march to the presidency. The meticulous planning of the campaign begins to emerge more fully in retrospect, and it's no wonder that he and Napoleon's biographer were drawn to each other (see previous post). It turns out that Max Gallo was not the only former comrade of Jean-Pierre Chevènement who joined Sarko. A forgotten Le Monde article published on June 22 of last year reported that several other participants in the Citizens' Movement (MRC) had their careers abetted by Sarko. Didier Leschi, the MRC's parliamentary advisor, was named head of the central office for religious worship when Sarko was interior minister. His deputy chief of staff, Michel Bart, became prefect of Hauts-de-Seine. Yannick Blanc joined the prefecture of police. And François Lucas, in charge of local government relations for the MRC, was appointed prefect delegate for security in Brittany.

One wonders what was left of the MRC after Sarkozy's serial seductions. Why Chevènement remained immune to the blandishments has yet to be explained. To have Chevènement so close to Ségolène while MRC co-founder Gallo and four lieutenants crossed over to Sarko must have created some interesting back channels in intercampaign communication.

2 comments:

Francisco said...

Off topic, but it looks like our blog subjects overlapped through a freakish turn of events: http://presse.parti-socialiste.fr/2007/05/31/venezuela-rctv-est-sanctionnee/

HSutton said...

A readable biography of Sarkozy:

Catherine Nay's _Un pouvoir nommé désir_ (Paris: Grassset 2007)