Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The UMP Responds

The UMP met yesterday to try to take back the news cycle from the Socialists, who have enjoyed a media windfall out of their primary. The main line of attack seemed to be Socialists = tax+spend, the familiar mantra of right-wingers everywhere but particularly ill-conceived after 9 years of uninterrupted UMP rule (despite the UMP tote-board adding up the alleged cost of Socialist policy in bright lights). What is more, Sarkozy is in the midst of negotiating with Merkel a European bailout plan, the success of which will depend on persuading governments and markets that debt and deficit limitations will this time be taken seriously, yet here is his party saying that international constraints do not matter, domestic politics will drive the outcome, and if the Socialists are elected they will ignore constraints that Sarkozy wants market actors to believe no government can ignore. The internal contradiction of this attack should make an easy target for Hollande. Le Monde is withering.

1 comment:

Cincinna said...


This should take France's mind off the PS for a while.

The Guardian, Wed 19 Oct 2011 23.25 BST
France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to the first French presidential baby on Wednesday night.
The child, a girl, had been expected for a fortnight, and was born at the La Muette private clinic in the chic 16th arrondissement of Paris.
President Nicolas Sarkozy was reported to have flown back from Germany, where he was having urgent talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel about saving the euro, to see his newborn daughter.
According to French reports she was born around 7.30pm on Wednesday evening. No further details were released. It is first child to be born to a serving French president.
Europe 1 radio said Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, was doing well after the birth. It is her second child – she has a son from an earlier relationship – while Sarkozy, 57, has three boys from two previous marriages.