Monday, March 22, 2010

"Je ne vous ai pas compris!"

Well, Sarko rejected my advice to make a bold move and instead shuffled a few minor cards in his deck. Poor Xavier Darcos. He always gave the impression of being an earnest fellow. François Baroin takes over the budget, while Woerth replaces Darcos. Georges Tron joins Bruno Le Maire as the second Villepiniste in the lion's den. Martin Hirsch has been sacrified to the baying rightist hounds. Copé wants to burn the carbon tax. Oh, and Besson stays where he is. Heck of a job, Brownie. Apparently Fadela Amara stays too, although she was rumored to be on the chopping block, having accomplished nothing in 3 years. But then again, if she went, to whom would Sarko point when he wanted to remind people that he once had a "Marshall Plan for the suburbs?" Is there any discernible strategy in all this?

And the Socialists? They apparently want the "territorial reform" withdrawn. And who can blame them? The status quo seems to be working just fine for them, and the more money diverted from national to regional governments, the better off they are.


MYOS said...

What strikes me is that this change makes no sense. Why Darcos and not other ministres who got whupped? Did Darcos disagree on an important issue or did he make Sarkozy upset on a trivial matter?
Why keep Besson who probably helped greatly in the FN rebirth with his sinister "identity debate"?
Why Woerth, ministre du budget, when there's a budget crisis everywhere (or do they think the economic crisis will somehow stop like the infamous Chernobyl cloud that stopped at the borders in '86, as I've been told many times during the Swine Flu epidemic)?

Apparently Sarkozy fears Villepin enough that he hopes that offering villepinistes a job in government will keep them from helping their mentor who's rumored to announce a new political movement on Thursday. I seriously doubt it'd be enough - is there another goal?

Unknown said...

Who on earth thinks that Woerth is better suited than Darcos at leading the upcoming retirement reform? Woerth is a cold technocrat (his nickname is The Undertaker). Not the most obvious choice to engage in what will undoubtedly be a tricky negotiation with unions emboldened by the election results.

Unknown said...

the rationale that I could see in this is simply to broaden politically the government in the hope of pre-empting challenges in 2012: Besson stays, that covers the FN, Villepin is likely weakened some by Tron's entrance, Baroin who is almost literally Chirac's son and certainly is his adoptive son covers the Chirac camp and, finally, Daubresse, a centrist and a representative of the North (that covers Aubry should the need arise) enters. This, to me, is a political broadening and a tightening of the screws ahead of the 2012 elections. It may be smarter than it looks at first sight.