Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sarkozy, Climate Change Denier

I am beginning to wonder if Nicolas Sarkozy is not working to elect Marine Le Pen. He has adapted Goldwater's slogan in the service of himself: Extremism in the defense of Nicolas Sarkozy is no vice. Now he has added climate change denial to his list of sins, repudiating his own previous position on the issue. "We human beings must be arrogant to think that it is we who cause climate change."  The Good Lord may be flattered by this nod to his transcendent powers, but Sarko's intended audience is the working-class voters whose jobs Marine Le Pen has promised to protect (or bring back) by exempting factories from any need to rein in their emissions. Whether there are any votes to be won here remains to be seen, but Sarkozy has meanwhile demonstrated that he deserves his old epithet L'Américain. But its meaning has changed. Previously it signified that he was a supply-side tax-cutter, a neoliberal in the Reagan-Bush mold. Now it means that he has become Donald Trump: a shameless prevaricator who will say and do anything to gain advantage. Post-truth politics has come to France.


Alexandra Marshall said...

That didn't take long, either! Still picking my jaw up off the floor after reading that the other day. Please tell me the French won't fall for this stunt. I've never heard anyone in France toe that line. Have any of you all reading this? I honestly just never thought climate change denial to be in the European playbook.

His other far-right shenanigans, especially the dog whistling on immigration and Islam, have already given him a distinctly orange sheen but this latest salvo really blew my mind. What can he possibly gain from this?

bernard said...

Sarkozy has probably concluded, correctly in my view, that Trump will be elected and thus decided to borrow from his primary campaign style in his own primary. And it may well work as I suspect only the core conservatives will bother to vote in Sarkozy's primary. Juppe is hoping for a wide mobilisation of the center-right electors, but if I have to judge for instance by the tv audience of the latest sarko show a couple days ago, it's not happening.

Massilian said...

I believe that Nicolas Sarkozy doesn't really deny climate change, nor global warming, but he switched to demographics to deliver in a very scary alarming tone the growing huge figures (11 000 000 000 people in 2100) of world population.
And the "alarming" figures of population growth are of course not about "our" population growth, but "their" population growth, meaning Africa, therefore moslems.
Any drinker of Ricard at the Bar des Sports, can understand the allusion.
It is the always swelling moslem population at the very paper thin back door with no lock of our shabby european shack that he uses for obvious political reasons.
The "péril jaune" doesn't work as well as before, but the uncontrollable surge of hordes of bearded men and tchadorized or burkinized pregnant women carrying and dragging little children, that's much more productive than what should be achieved during COP 22.....

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FrédéricLN said...

I was at this event and what I heard from Nicolas Sarkozy was maybe more crude than what Marianne wrote. The mild version by the campaign team does not at all look like what Nicolas Sarkozy said. I was so surprised that I took some quick notes on my iPhone — but I felt a bit nervous too, and I made some bad finger move and "not saved" the note. So I'll rely on the journalist ethics (btw, I know him, I'm absolutely sure he deserves it!).

Moreover, Nicolas Sarkozy spoke the same way about a number of topics, including reducing taxes and increasing the deficit by huge amounts. But this is about economics, where he wrongly imagines mankind has absolute power over reality, not physics, where he wrongly figures mankind hasn't any impact on reality.