Thursday, May 10, 2012

Julien Dray, Persona Non Grata

It seems that there is one Socialist who will certainly not be getting a post in the new administration. Julien Dray apparently insulted the new First Lady by suggesting that it was a thirst for power that led to her relationship with Président Hollande. And then Dray compounded his offense by inviting DSK to his famous birthday party in a naughty bar. Mme Trierweiler therefore ejected the boor from a party for the Hollande campaign team when he showed up uninvited. So, already we have la petite histoire even before l'histoire has had a chance to get started:

Mais l'atmosphère tourne à l'aigre dans l'après-midi, lors du pot d'adieu offert à l'équipe de campagne. Julien Dray s'est présenté avenue de Ségur sans être invité. Valérie Trierweiler a aussitôt bondi pour lui intimer l'ordre de partir : "Tu n'as rien à faire ici, tu sors !"
La compagne de M. Hollande reproche depuis des mois au député de l'Essonne, ex-soutien de Ségolène Royal, d'avoir laissé supposer qu'elle aurait jeté son dévolu sur le nouveau président par goût du pouvoir. La fête d'anniversaire de la rue Saint-Denis, où M. Dray avait convié une partie de l'équipe de campagne de M. Hollande en même temps qu'Anne Sinclair et Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a scellé son sort aux yeux de la nouvelle première dame.


Anonymous said...

There's a mini-scandal along these lines.
A sports newscaster (rugby) tweeted, commenting on the new First Lady "journalist sisters, just f.. usefully to get political power" .
He was sacked by his radio station for the insult (which managed to outrage both female journalists of all political stripes AND those supporting the new president) and has since become the first "martyr".
Fact is, the radio station shouldn't have sacked him but a formal complaint should have been filed. But Hollande pledged he wouldn't get involved in media decision, clearly the station felt it had to do it for signal its unwillingness to support trash talk, and I have trouble seeing the guy as a "martyr".

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First, this shows French media have developed some reflexes during Sarkozy's time - Hollande did not intervene, the radio decided to act on its own.
Was it out of decency? Or to send a signal to the new president?
(Apparently, Salviac's used to tweeting his neanderthal thoughts and he's made comments that were deemed very offensive before.)
Is it something similar to Paris Match's director being fired for showing Cécilia Sarkozy with her boyfriend (now husband)?

Second, it's a reminder that freedom of expression is more limited in France than in the US. Or, more precisely, the meaning of the term is different.
Third, I wonder what would happen in the Us if a journalist called the First lady a whore (essentially)- whether the fact it'd be on Tweeter would mitigate the fact, whether it'd be cause for dismissal, whether he'd be defended along party lines, etc.
In all likelihood, the radio station would lose sponsors quickly and since the newscaster's only a part-time employee, not a big name, he'd be dismissed too, freedom of speech or not. What do you think?

In unrelated news, sexual harassment, including sexual assault in the workplace, is no longer illegal in France (as per constitutional council decision a couple days ago).


Anonymous said...

* the station felt it had to do it to signal its unwillingness
(ggaaaaaaaaah. mini-freak out along the lines of "are my languages seeping into one another? Am I being linguistically contaminated? How is it possible my fingers typed that and my brain didn't even notice?" Dies/braindead :s:s:s Apologies in any case.)