Friday, March 21, 2014

Taubira to Culture?

Discussions about a cabinet shakeup are under way, and rumor has it, apparently, that moving justice minister Christiane Taubira to culture has been contemplated. But unnamed "movie people" are against the move:

Ceux qui ont la chance d'avoir un lien direct avec François Hollande ont alerté directement le président de la République pour tenter d'éviter cette nomination, faisant notamment valoir les succès de l'actuelle ministre, notamment sur les dossiers explosifs de la convention collective ou le combat de l'exception culturelle.
Now, that's a very interesting "blind quote," as journalists say. "Those who are lucky enough to have a direct link" with the president: who might they be? Of course ceux in French is a masculine plural, but might the reference not be to celles or even celle lucky enough to have the most "direct" of links to François Hollande: namely, Julie Gayet. Just speculating, of course.

1 comment:

Mitch Guthman said...

It is unthinkable that Hollande would consider moving Taubira from Justice at this moment. I've never been particularly enamored with Taubira and always thought that she was totally ill suited at Justice. Nevertheless, to remove her now (particularly after Sarkozy’s accusations) would be tantamount to an admission of wrongdoing or inadequacy that would be most unfair to her based upon what's known. It would also be politically suicidal for Hollande.

As to the sourcing, I agree the phrasing is a bit odd, perhaps even deliberately suggestive. I desperately hope, however, that Art is reading too much into what might be no more than a slightly quirky description of a source. If Julie Gayet is ever revealed as a source for such a political story, that could easily be the final nail in Hollande’s coffin.