Friday, October 19, 2012

Villepin Backs Copé

Dominique de Villepin has anounced his support for J.-F. Copé in the UMP leadership fight. Those who have always doubted Villepin's judgment will find new reasons to do so in this decision. Villepin at once minimized the significance of Copé's hard right turn, praised him as the leader of a new generation, and dismissed Fillon, who is all of 58 years old, as a has-been of Villepin's own generation, which he is prepared to put out to pasture--until, that is, he is called in from the cold by Copé to assume the position for which he no doubt feels himself destined.


Mitch Guthman said...

Do we now have a clearer understanding of the “certain idea of France” that Villepin humiliated himself by defending or is this just the settling of old scores?

Anonymous said...

This decision by Villepin makes no sense from an ideological point of view, so all I can think of is "what did Copé promise him?" Certainly de Villepin wouldn't be satisfied with a title like secrétaire national de l'ump chargé de xx, as those are a dime a dozen...?