Thursday, May 14, 2009

Juppé, A Latter-Day Wilberforce

Alain Juppé is opposed to slavery. And he's not against remembering Bordeaux's part in the slave trade. Does this mean he's become an abject apologizer, a Ségolène of the Right? No:

S’agit-il, pour nous, de faire repentance ? Je préfère parler de manifestation de la vérité.

Still, one might detect in this speech, which mentions Chirac's role in the commemoration of the uglier parts of France's past, a mild rebuke to Sarkozy. One of those small chinks in the otherwise smooth armor of the Right that is worth mentioning from time to time.

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