Sunday, June 20, 2010

La République solidaire

Dominique de Villepin is calling his new party République Solidaire, but its launch yesterday received less press than it might have because of the implosion of the French football team at the World Cup. Things have only gotten worse since. The team, widely criticized for not playing like one, has suddenly developed off the field the solidarity it could not manage on it: the sélection de France refused with a single voice to practice. This prompted an official representing the Federation to quit in disgust. Sarkozy yesterday pronounced the Anelka situation "unacceptable." This latest rebellion--or collective tantrum--has to be characterized as inqualifiable. I'm not sure that international sports has ever seen anything like it. The French sporting world would appear to have reached a nadir: the Tour de France has become an orgy of drug abuse, and now there are even accusations that one cyclist may be using an electric motor hidden in the frame of his bike. And soccer has become an almost unbelievable sitcom: overpaid players, underage girls, uncouth fans, an astrology-besotted coach, a rejection of one player by his teammates, allegedly because he is too good-looking, tearful officials--what next?

7 comments:

Jim Livesey said...

This is the kind of cosmic justice that gets meted out to those who cheat against Ireland.

Unknown said...

Jim, It does have the feel of cosmic retribution, but the sin against Ireland is only part of it. Putting a necromancer in charge of the Cartesian national team was bound to stir up the Furies. And then Zahia ...

Anonymous said...

"Putting a necromancer in charge of the Cartesian national team"


lol!

Anonymous said...

Wait, I know about this weekend's implosion, the astrology and the underage hookers, but one player may have been rejected because he was too good-looking--what's that about?

Unknown said...

Gourcuff. There were stories about a cabal organized against him by other players, who disliked him for various reasons, including his looks. So Domenech benched him.

Leo said...

"The Tour de France has become an orgy of drug abuse".

Well, it has become long ago.
Read an interesting excerpt of an interview of Henri Pélissier winner in 1923.

Anonymous said...

It all reminds me of a comment I saw in Punch a long time ago, claiming it was impossible to translate the English term "sang froid" into French because the concept was totally foreign to them.