Monday, March 29, 2010

Hulot Is Out

Nicolas Hulot will no longer participate in the "Grenelle de l'Environnement." Yet another sign that lines are hardening in the wake of the last elections. Unlike many commentators, I don't greet this development with glee. The consensus seems to be that l'ouverture was nothing but an electoralist maneuver and that the reversion to type--a hard and fast distinction between left and right, with ecologists on the left--is natural and desirable. I don't agree. A recomposition of the center is necessary if France is to progress on any number of issues. Whatever Sarkozy's motives, he seemed to recognize this and to be prepared to help bring about it. But now he has either recoiled because of the latest setback or had his hand forced by his own base.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Do we really have to think about this guy? Who made one of the worst movies I've ever had the misfortune to see (or so it felt at the time)?... Chantal Jouano, however, has something of moment to say, and those 12 karate championships give her a measure of credibility....