Monday, October 18, 2010

Portrait of Eva Joly

I'm told that Eva Joly is a rising star, the person to watch on the French political scene. She has apparently surrounded herself with a group of clever advisors at Europe Écologie and is preparing an active campaign for the presidency. Here is a portrait of her. Here is a dissenting view, which seems to be more of a hunch than an argument.

So what does Joly have to say about the issue of the hour, retirement reform? Here is what she said last April. Basically, her argument is that the state offers tax credits that subsidize "l'assurance-vie" and other capitalization-based retirement savings programs and that the billions in revenue lost as a result would go a long way toward restoring the equilibrium of the state retirement system. The figures in her blog post are a little sketchy, and the political viability of the proposal has not been tested, but still, it's a concrete suggestion. I'm surprised that it hasn't received more discussion. A more detailed plan is proposed here.


Anonymous said...

I apologize because this is not about Eva Joly but I don't know where to post this, and Eva Joly being partly foreign and a woman and known for her ethics...

This is about a famous Frenchman using the N-word on a TV set, without much reaction from anyone, either when it happened, or later on.
Audrey Pulvar did react and writes:

I also learned that in a Cardiology textbook currently used by French med students, black people are referred to as "black subjects" whereas white males are referred to as "patients". (Not sure about women, black, white, or otherwise. Apparently though there's a strong belief among Med school professors that women, as a whole, tend to exagerate symptoms and "pretend" to be sick/in pain.) A student thought the terminology was a bit uncalled for; I told her I was shocked and she replied it wasn"t "really" racist since that's what professors used to say and how they learned things back in the 1950s, and they just keep saying it out of habit but they didn't mean anything by it. ...

Art, if you want to add an ad, I believe that Winckler's description of French doctors is available in English. And its prequel_the three doctors_ is all about med school in France. The one story that struck me in that book was the annual "exhibit of gross illnesses" that French doctors used to do, dragging patients to a gallery for others to gawk at kind of like a medical zoo. Not in the 18th or 19th century, in the 1970s.

FrédéricLN said...

I would disagree on most of the "solutions" suggested in the last reference by Joly and alii; but the good thing is that they exist and are open for discussion and disagreement.

Shouldn't all of this serious debate have started and be concluded before - for example in 1995 (reform attempt by Juppé), 1997 (Jospin administration, who did not deal with the issue) or 2003 (Fillon reform), well, it should, but that's France, dealing with leaks when the boat is about to sink. And often, the boat is saved indeed. Let's hope.