Friday, April 1, 2011

Faces of the FN

Some faces of new FN militants (mostly young and energetic) in PACA. An interesting photo-essay in Le Monde.

Public Investment Bank

The Socialists are proposing a public investment bank to finance industrial investment. Details are rather sketchy, however.

Carla Wants Out?

A trial balloon? A plea to her husband? A pleasantry? Rue89 tells us that Carla Bruni celebrated her husband's 56th birthday with a song pleading with him not to run again. An excerpt from the lyrics:

« On pourrait écrire
L'histoire des géants
Je préfère sortir
Au bois dormant
Si petit, si grand
Mon Président
Tu es tout en moi
Mon mec à moi
Oh répudie la République
Mon amour ose
Ta métamorphose
Oublie la bombe A
Notre amour chimique
est plus fort que ça
Place à Dominique. »
Make of it what you will. Shakespeare it isn't, but psychohistorians will have a field day. (Whoops--April Fool's day, I forgot.)

Ministers in Laïcité Debate

The following ministers will participate in the laïcité debate:

Claude Guéant, François Baroin, Laurent Wauquiez, Luc Chatel, Gérard Longuet, Bruno Le Maire, Valérie Pécresse, Thierry Mariani, Nadine Morano et Benoist Apparu.

I am particularly disappointed to see the name of Bruno Le Maire in this last. I had thought better of him. By contrast, Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Solidarities, has announced that she "prefers to concentrate on the concrete problems of the French." A laudable decision.