Monday, October 27, 2008

End Run on Dati

President Sarkozy has invited the more moderate of two disgruntled unions of magistrates to meet with him, circumventing his own minister of justice, Rachida Dati. The Elysée is displeased not only with last week's massive strike of magistrates but also with the release of a convicted rapist owing to a clerical error on a court form and by the relatively mild ministerial response to this embarrassing episode. This latest move would seem to confirm the rumors that Dati has been steadily losing favor with the president and may be close to the end of her tenure in office, which has been turbulent from the beginning.

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