Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Guéant

There's a new book out about Claude Guéant, the secretary-general of the Elysée whom some call "the vice-president of France." The review on nonfiction.fr emphasizes Guéant's working-class roots chez les Ch'tis and his meritocratic ascent: bac, scholarship to the U.S. for deserving student, Sciences Po, ENA. At ENA, for his required work internship, he chose the mines of the Nord, returning to his roots. Upon graduation he entered the prefectoral corps, at the time a not particularly prized assignment. The choice surprised some of his peers, but it seems to have served Guéant well. He remains a man of the shadows, exercising his considerable influence well out of the limelight, and the review doesn't tell us much about how he goes about his business behind the scenes. It seems clear, though, that Sarkozy relies on him heavily.

2 comments:

David in Setouchi said...

Interesting that some people call him "the Vice President of France."
When I talk about him to American people I usually say "the Karl Rove of France", but I guess the "French Dick Cheney" can work too.

Anonymous said...

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