Monday, December 15, 2008

Sarkozy Reforms the EU

Sarko gave another one of his impromptu sketches of the aspects of international governance that grate on his famously impatient nerves:

Marianne seems to think that the incident makes Sarko look ridiculous. I don't know: I think he rather effectively captures the frustration that a lot of ordinary folks feel when diplomacy becomes a substitute for governing.

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Well, how about that! Xavier Darcos has announced a postponement of lycée curriculum reforms because he doesn't want these to be the "spark that sets off the powderkeg." Whatever happened to the old "give 'em hell" spirit of Sarkozysme? "Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres." Not this time. Perhaps it was Bruno Julliard's timely reminder that Sarko had secretly encouraged the 2006 student uprising against the CPE. Things can quickly get out of hand with those young folks, and the images from Greece still haven't faded from the TV screen. So, for now, discretion is the better part of valor, and the lycées can limp along under the current system a while longer.