Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Post-Sarko UMP: De pire en pire

Jean-François Copé is everywhere these days, emulating his mentor Nicolas Sarkozy's route to the top via ubiquity. "Que je ne sois pas populaire auprès de l'ensemble des Français, c'est normal : je suis un repoussoir pour la gauche." He also claims that Fillon has no support within the party. And to top things off, he has chosen Christiane Taubira as an ideal target to win back FN voters: she is black, she's a woman, and her first move as minister of justice was to abolish criminal court trials for young delinquents, so that Fillon can appeal to concerns about "security" while warning FN voters that a vote for the FN is "a vote for Taubira."

This is the low road, but Copé thinks it will take him to the summit. Unfortunately, he may be right.


Robert said...

It may take him to the top, ultimately. Yet, I just get a strange vibe from the guy. On ITele, the other day, he just came across as so aggressive, jumping on the journalists and criticizing their questions much in the way Sarko did during his recent failed campaign. I wonder to what extent that sort of attitude looks "presidential" to French voters

bernard said...

I have been baffled for quite a while that so many seem to take Copé for presidential material. He never quite semed that smart to me. Some others in UMP look smarter to me, Fillon being one of them. Copé smiles better, though. Probably the teeth work.

In other news, voting for the "legislative" elections is now open for the French residing outside borders. Go to the voting site the adress of which you will have received by email, enter your identifier and "1er tour" password, then select the candidate from the PS and vote. Did it today myself and it worked just fine and quickly too. No guarantees though if you chose another, wrong, candidate. Let's give our President a majority!

Anonymous said...

On the same idea...

I love the conclusion of that Atlantico article: slavery isn't a crime against humanity because if there hadn't been Black slaves in the US, Americans wouldn't have elected Barack Obama.
(Atlantico is a legitimate, right-leaning news site. The fact they published that article, the sheer stupidity of it, shows that the UMP really is confused. This isn't even "trying too hard"...)