Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mme Collomb n'est pas une colombe


Caroline Collomb, the wife of newly re-elected Lyon mayor Gérard Collomb, slapped a journalist Friday in the cour d'honneur of the Lyon city hall. Raphaël Ruffier, the editor of Lyon Capitale, had apparently written some disobliging things about the awarding of city contracts and about comments the mayoral couple allegedly made in private about certain subordinates. Mme Collomb and M. Ruffier have known each other since both were militants in the leftist student organization UNEF. Libé reports that the lady approached the editor and slapped him without saying a word. She subsequently apologized.

Shades of Henriette Caillaux, who shot Figaro editor Gaston Calmette back in 1914. The student of comparative politics will want to note, of course, the striking difference between the wives of American politicians and the wives of French politicians. Eliot Spitzer's wife had to stand silently beside him while he confessed his sins, while his replacement David Paterson's wife not only had to do the same but was also required to accept the blame for his infidelity, which he claimed was prompted by jealousy over hers. Whereas in France, we have Carla Bruni denouncing journalistic calumny with a pen dipped in acid and Caroline Collomb taking more direct action in defense of her man.

3 comments:

Mary Fernandez said...

We could take some lessons here!

Mary Fernandez said...

Oops, except Carla's Italian. Premiere Dame or not, she does repeatedly point that out.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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