Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One View of France

The New York Times: "Not very good paintings of Venetian scenes adorn the walls in that peculiar French manner that combines bad taste with deep sophistication." (h/t PLRH)

Meaningless Poll?

So, what to make of a presidential poll that gives François Bayrou 14%, Marine Le Pen 11, Olivier Besancenot 10, and Dominique de Villepin 8? If we read those numbers as expressing some kind of dissatisfaction with the current regime, and add Martine Aubry's 20%, we get the usual conundrum of French presidential politics: the vast majority of voters are unhappy with what they've got, but there's no obvious way to combine those various pools of dissatisfaction into a coherent opposition.