Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Loncle Lashes Out--Again

François Loncle, the Socialist deputy from Eure, has some harsh words for Bernard Kouchner, who explained the recent negotiations with Libya before the Assemblée Nationale today. Loncle found him confused, illogical, flitting from subject to subject, evasive, etc. He attributes Kouchner's poor performance to his having been upstaged by the Sarkozys and forced to swallow a realpolitik line that he has always opposed in the past.

This is the same Loncle, incidentally, who before the PS chose its candidate, indicated that there were in the running deux présidentiables et une présidente de Poitou-Charentes. When the interviewer asked if this wasn't a bit harsh, Loncle replied that he knew Ségolène Royal well and was sure she wasn't up to the job. The video can be viewed here.

The ad hominem (or feminam) appears to be Loncle's preferred mode. In a punning mood one might even call him a Dutch Loncle, specializing in the avuncular scold.

Talking with the "Enemy"

In the United States the political talk is about whether Obama helped or hurt himself by appearing more eager to talk with Hugo Chavez than Hillary Clinton. In France, the political talk is about some Greens appearing more eager than others to talk with minister of the environment Jean-Louis Borloo. In the end it was decided not to invite him to the Green's "summer university."

Libé has no doubt that this was the correct decision. "Three months from the 'environmental Grenelle' concocted by the chief of state to cut the ground out from under them, the Greens pummeled one another last week over an apparently trivial issue," that of the invitation to the summer U. For the newspaper, apparently, Sarko and Borloo are as unfrequentable as Chavez or Ahmedinajad are for some in the United States. One doesn't talk to the "enemy."

This might seem short-sighted of the Greens, who at this point have little but moral suasion to work with, but a comment reported later in the article gives the game away. For one Green, the purpose of the party is not to influence environmental policy nor "to set speed limits on superhighways but to break with liberalism. That can't be done with the right."

Another says that Borloo's presence would have been confusionnante.