Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jean-Marie Le Pen, Feminist

Selon sa fille:

Marine Le Pen, présidente du Front National... by rtl-fr

Scharpf on the EU Crisis of Legitimacy

Henry Farrell calls attention to an interesting paper by Fritz Scharpf that offers a history of the Eurozone crisis and an analysis of the ways in which the resulting political conflicts may undermine the legitimacy of governments.

On the subject of legitimacy, I refer to an op-ed I wrote for the Harvard Crimson, in which I touch at the end on the prospect of a crisis of legitimacy in France. I'm no doubt hyping the issue a bit, but I do see a prospect for a contagious series of crises if a calamity befalls one of the PIGS, as Scharpf agrees might happen.

Parliamentary Finger-Pointing

French parliamentary civility rises to American levels:

La doigt d'honneur d'Emmanuelli à Fillon? by LePostfr

Bickerton Reacts to Trichet's Speech


What Trichet presents is a blueprint for a Europe run by administrators and government executives, purged of any possibilities for political contestation by national publics. He makes the analogy with Edmund Husserl, the German philosopher who argued in 1935 that Europe was faced with two choices: barbarism and hate, symbolized by the Nazi regime; or a philosophical spirit. But the situation we face today is hardly that of the mid-1930s. Even then, Husserl was wrong to give democracy up to a choice between enlightened despotism and fascism.

Ah, Le Monde!

Certain of my friends don't take Le Monde seriously. "Le Monde? It's so parochial that I am reminded of a daily paper in Omaha, Nebraska," says one distinguished colleague. But I retain my affection for the French newspaper of record. I am especially fond of its chaste explanations of the American enigma to its Gallic clientele:

Anthony Weiner - son nom se prononce en anglais de la même façon que les saucisses utilisées dans les hot-dogs, et il est utilisé en argot comme un synonyme de pénis - est la cible de nombreuses plaisanteries dans les médias américains depuis la révélation de l'affaire.
What could be more delicious than that? Perhaps the demonstration for the broadcast media of a surefire way to avoid the CSA's recent edict (NYT paywall) against pronouncing the names of Facebook and Twitter on the air: bury the references in a direct quote:

L'élu a précisé qu'il avait eu "plusieurs conversations pas convenables sur Twitter, Facebook, par courriel et occasionnellement au téléphone avec des femmes rencontrées en ligne".

A New World Order?

French women ponder their options (NYT paywall) in the wake of the DSK affair, while no one will ever dare call America "puritan" again now that we are obliged to stare at Rep. Weiner's bulging BVDs and bare chest 24/7. I've had enough sex for awhile, so I'm going to assume the role of stern editor. In the Times we read:

President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been known for his own roving eye, kept his glance on the politics of the matter, with a presidential election next year. He fired Mr. Tron within two days.

I can see how the excitement of pairing the roving eye with the fixed gaze overwhelmed the writer's good sense, but "kept his glance on the politics" will not do. A "glance" cannot be "kept." He kept his "gaze" on the politics. Un coup d'oeil n'est pas un regard.

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