Friday, December 5, 2008

Correction: Devedjian, not Woerth!

A correction: I said yesterday that Eric Woerth was going to be promoted to the post of "minister of stimulus." Le Monde reports this morning that the job is going to Patrick Devedjian, who is being kicked upstairs from his position as head of the UMP, from which his departure has long been anticipated. This is a surprise, since Sarkozy had supposedly been unhappy with Devedjian's performance. It has to be said, as well, that he hardly brings to the post the stature of a Larry Summers or Tim Geithner. So either Sarko doesn't attach much importance to the ministry of relance or Devedjian will be a figurehead while someone like Woerth, more of a numbers man, does the work. I leave it to you to decide which option Sarko has chosen.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

are you under the deluded impression that Woerth is an economist ? He is a glorified accountant !

Unknown said...

I believe I said he was a "numbers person." Glorified accountant will do nicely.

Unknown said...

Putting these names next to that of Larry's makes you want to cry actually...