Friday, December 18, 2009

The Litigious French

It is a common refrain in France that America is a litigious society, but rarely if ever* does an elected official in the US sue another elected official for name-calling, as Eric Besson has now done:

Eric Besson a décidé de porter plainte contre Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, membre de la direction du PS, et Gérard Mordillat, romancier et cinéaste.

If only Obama could sue all the Republicans who have compared him to Hitler and Stalin for advocating health care reform. Camba merely likened Besson to Pierre Laval, who really isn't in the same league with those two.

* True, William Westmoreland sued CBS for libel, but he wasn't elected.


Unknown said...

The Sarkozy government is decidedly litigious. No double entendre naturally.

FrédéricLN said...

Well, Pierre Laval is considered in France as having been in the same league as Hitler (and as such, has been sentenced to death). And moreover, to have been a traitor - well, even Petain dismissed him.

That's where the connection with Besson's alleged treason is. And, from a French point of view, this connection is not acceptable in a public speech - switching from left to right cannot be compared to switching from democracy to the nazi regime.