Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thank You MAM

So, it turns out that it wasn't just by chance that Michèle Alliot-Marie ran into her "friend" Aziz Miled on the tarmac in Tunis, where his private jet just happened to be waiting with its engines running for the French foreign minister and the other "members of [her] party," who were in fact her parents, already stockholders in one of Miled's businesses and about to acquire a majority interest. In a normal country, the latest revelations would finish her, and even in France they might: Le Monde has had it with her prevarications, and, more important, there has been an ominous silence from the Élysée. MAM's latest defense--that the revelations of Le Canard amount to an "attack on the private life" of her family is pathetic. Of course, even if MAM falls, she can look forward to a bright future in Tunisian real estate. And she can resign with the usual alibi of the politician caught red-handed: "I'm leaving office in order to spend more time with my family."


MAD said...

Art, I love your "in a normal country"! In France, narcissism and self-entitlement trump everything, it seems. I would suggest that's because of an old pathology: France's rulers identifying themselves with the nation. It's consequence - the belief that criticism of the former damages the latter - has things exactly backwards. The health of the nation depends on the possibility of the criticism of its highest servants, not on a self-serving conception of la raison d'etat! Le Monde's concluding paragraph is pitch perfect: "Cette affaire n'a rien d'illégal. Elle est tout simplement scandaleuse. Et dangereuse. Elle témoigne de l'indifférence d'une des principales ministres du gouvernement à ce qui devrait être une évidence : on ne peut exercer de telles fonctions sans être au-dessus de tout soupçon. Ne pas le comprendre, c'est saper tout respect vis-à-vis de l'autorité publique." However, is there truly nothing illegal in such flagrant conflict of interest?

sushi105 said...

well said. et bien dit par le monde.

bernard said...

it's probably a great investmment: buy during the panic selling. No question, MAM and family are savy investors. Sarkozy should move her to Finance or something like that. Sorry, Lagarde! No, actually she should go to the ECB where she'll make wonders with distressed government debt.

Cincinna said...

Isn't this a double standard for a woman in a powerful position? Attacking MAM for very minor delits compared to the extravagant excesses and self enrichment of Mitterrand & Chirac?

The NYT has an article today by Steven Erlanger:

Sarkozy Signals Support for Foreign Minister
President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a handwritten message of support to his embattled foreign minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, on Wednesday, after new calls for her resignation.

Massilian said...

"Prevarication", and "conflits d'intérêts" are boring common place for our "élites" (See the Guerini brothers...). What bothers me is the stupidity of her childish lies. One lie leading to another, then to another... From a Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, who should excell in diplomacy, it is pathetic. I believe the task is above her intelligence. She is a good cop, not an astute diplomat. She should never have been casted to the job. Now she should be recycled as a watchwoman in a Victoria's secret store.