Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ségo's Sin

It seems that Ségolène Royal was booed at the Reims Congress for uttering the following line at the end of her speech:

Nous sommes le socialisme, levons nous, vertu et courage, car nous rallumerons tous les soleils, toutes les étoiles du ciel.

The reason for the boos was explained by militants to Jean Bauberot: "We can't stand this tele-evangelist rhetoric, which is offensive to our laïque culture."

The problem, Bauberot points out, is that the offending passage is taken not from a tele-evangelist but from socialist founding father Jean Jaurès. Bauberot's analysis, though long-winded, is worth reading in its entirety.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Traditionally in a socialist party congress, the young socialists (MJS) are in charge of organized booing. Which leads me to remark that general culture should probably remain part of the exams for public service, so that perhaps members of the MJS can acquire some general culture prior to booing.

Boz said...

What about some general etiquette so no one boos at all?

Unknown said...

The booing is part of the maneuvering...

Anonymous said...

I find booing discgreaceful, but especially so when it is done to your own party "fellows"

Boz said...

It can be entertaining if it's part of the game. But intraparty seems nastier than interparty.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing out eh Bauberot blog, extremely interesting.