Thursday, September 22, 2011

Le Mot du Jour

Philippe Meyer, à l'instant sur France Culture : "Un pays qui prend Bernard Tapie pour un entrepreneur, Bernard-Henri Lévy pour un philosophe, Jacques Attali pour un penseur, Claire Chazal pour une journaliste, Alain Minc pour un économiste, etc. ne peut s'étonner d'avoir Nicolas Sarkozy comme président de la République". (h/t LB)


"Magistrates accuse the Élysée of violating le secret de l'instruction," reads the Le Monde headline. Well, why not? one is tempted to respond. Everyone else is violating with abandon. Médiapart has a new revelation every day, court documents on display. People close to the president are mis en examen. "This is the most serious scandals in the history of the Fifth Reublic," says Martine Aubry.

No doubt. So here we are, once again in the thick of occult campaign financing. No doubt I should feel more engaged, but the global economy is collapsing again, and somehow I can't bring myself to think that an affair that dates from 1995, even if it did perhaps result in the death of a busload of innocent French engineers, is going to be more than a footnote to the history that we are witnessing. But this is the way of the world:

About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: W. H. Auden, The Musée des Beaux-Arts


Apparently, NYPD Special Victims Unit opened its new season with an episode (loosely) based on the DSK affair, but I missed it.