Monday, March 3, 2008

Follow the Money

It would be pleasant to think that the investigation of Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac will eventually reveal where he chose to use the 20 million euros he took from the coffers of the UIMM to "fludify the social dialogue." But if he did his job well, and there is no reason to think he didn't, the recipients will have no interest in anything but liquidating all evidence of their participation. And the DGS support committee--"Save the UIMM One," we might call it--includes some of France's biggest captains of industry: "Anne Lauvergeon, president of Areva, Joël Karecki, president of Philips France, Christian Streiff, president of PSA Peugeot-Citroën, and Jean-Marie Poimboeuf, president of Direction des constructions navales (DCN)," according to Marianne. Laurence Parisot may have been vocal this weekend in her calls for transparency, but it will take more than LP to penetrate this mur d'argent. And a prudent offensive coordinator would want to allow for the possibility that LP may merely be faking a blitz while preparing to drop back into double coverage against the eventuality of a prosecutorial long ball.

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