Friday, November 6, 2009

Cruel

Martine Aubry as portrayed by Le Figaro:

«Nous ne devons pas être systématiquement dans la réponse aux polémiques. Je ne veux pas faire de la politique en tirant des balles, même sur les adversaires. Nous ne voulons pas être les plus grands dénonciateurs de la droite, mais être les meilleurs…» Martine Aubry cherche le mot qui lui échappe, elle se tourne à droite à gauche en quête d'inspiration. Puis elle reprend, sans être tout à fait assurée de son choix : «Mais être les meilleurs proposants de la société que nous voulons mettre en place.» Et quand on lui demande si elle se considère comme la première opposante à Nicolas Sarkozy, elle hésite. «Si cela veut dire faire des propositions…», répond-elle.


This is a cruel portrait, with a tone that comes close to the gutter-sniping of Fox News in the United States. Not out of character for Le Figaro. Still, one does wish that Aubry would just propose something rather than announce that she is about to.

4 comments:

meshplate said...

"Martine Aubry cherche le mot qui lui échappe, elle se tourne à droite à gauche en quête d'inspiration. Puis elle reprend, sans être tout à fait assurée de son choix." Don't you think this portrait, written by a man, is essentially sexist? The woman who can't think, and for that reason also can't speak.

Leo said...

Cruel indeed, but certainly very remote from "the gutter sniping of Fox News" (or by the way MSNBC which I find hardly better). Le Figaro is indeed right wing, but is not,(not yet?) of the school of journalism initiated by Radio Mille Collines in Rwanda to which the Hannitys, Becks, etc... are affiliated. That's one of the very few areas where the French media can boast about when compared with their US counterparts.

Art, you are getting some comments. We need some more controversy!

Tom Holzman said...

If this were a man, the description might well say something about him looking left and right as he carefully chose the right word to describe the way he wished to characterize himself. That said, I agree with Art that it would be nice to hear her propose something, almost anything just to advance the ball.

Anonymous said...

The French press are quite cordial and deferential.
I find the British to be more biting and sarcastic even for the politicians a newpaper nominally would favor.
Usually - but not always - its done in a way that isn't over the top outrageous, like with Fox's Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc.