Wednesday, October 21, 2009

French Emigration to Britain

This explains it. It's not the money or the neoliberal business climate. It's desperation to escape the stultifying code du savoir-vivre au bureau. Geez. Can it really be that bad? Never struck me that way, but it's true that I hang out with intellectuals, not a typical group in any society.

On Jean Sarkozy's Political Talents

I agreed with Steve's comment that Jean Sarkozy has obvious political skills. He is gregarious, affable, withstands tough questioning with aplomb, and expresses himself reasonably well. But his electoral performance to date has been less than stellar:

Dans une circonscription acquise à la droite, le score de Jean Sarkozy n’a pas été bon : élu avec 51,91% des voix quand son prédécesseur avait obtenu 71% en 2001, la contre-performance est réelle, mais elle était passée inaperçue.
As for his performance as conseiller général and local party leader, I really can't say. Perhaps some reader has been following his work more closely than I. But if we're going to talk about political skills, perhaps we should cite some specific ones rather than sticking to generalities.

Summing Up the Past Few Weeks

Stéphane Guillon sums up the past few weeks in France, taking Frédéric Lefebvre's diatribe against the "anti-Sarkozy" media as his starting point. One of our regular commenters, Cincinna, seems to share Lefebvre's belief that France and the French media are in the grip of a Sarkozy Derangement Syndrome. No doubt Cincinna is right that Sarko does drive some people wild. Guillon, however, despite his manic style, seems perfectly lucid to me, and, as Tocqueville might have put it, "his fury is cold and calculated"--and all the more devastating for it.