Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sounds Like He's Running Already

Alain Juppé, who only recently said that if Sarkozy doesn't run in 2012, he has his eye on the job, seems to have his hat in the ring already:

L'ex-premier ministre Alain Juppé a suggéré, mardi 30 mars, de revenir sur le bouclier fiscal, soulignant qu'il ne serait "pas choqué" qu'"on demande aux très riches de faire un effort de solidarité supplémentaire vis-à-vis de ceux qui souffrent dans la crise". "Il faut s'interroger sur ce qu'on appelle le bouclier fiscal parce que les choses ont changé, la crise est venue", a déclaré le maire UMP de Bordeaux sur France Info.

It's too bad American politicians can't come up with a phrase like "effort de solidarité supplémentaire" to describe a tax hike. You think you could get that past the Fox News radar?

Anyway, Juppé has plenty of support in the UMP.


sf reader said...

We have no acceptable way to talk about solidarity in our political discourse in the US, the concept is just lacking. We can talk about community, charity, self-sacrifice, pity and patriotism, but we can't talk about solidarity without sounding distinctly un-American (and likely pink, if not red).

There is a great illustration of how deeply the ideal of solidarity is embedded in the French self-conception as political/social actors in the movie Paris when the character played by Binoche is in a staff meeting and asks for some flexibility in her work schedule from her colleagues. The same scene is a great illustration of how different the French idea of privacy is from that in the US. A US citizen would be much more likely in the same circumstances to (over-)share re: personal circumstances and expect individual-to-individual compassion to carry the day, but never think of calling on an abstract duty on the part of co-workers to support a collective impulse to close ranks in support of each other.

Anonymous said...

The Boston Globe tends to use "courage" to refer to a tax hike, as in "It is time for the governor to show courage..."