Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Out with the New, In with the Old

Two names one had thought definitively removed from the news have resurfaced in the past two days. First, François Hollande, who had imposed a decorous silence on himself following his ignominious ejection from the presidency, apparently felt that the opportunity for vengeance had come. His "spiritual son" is in trouble, the negotiations over the labor code reform are coming to a head, and the time for mischief was maximally ripe. The ex-president's perfidious side could not resist, so he issued a "warning" to Macron that ... he must not go too far. And there you have Hollande in a nutshell: both the perfidy and the paralyzing caution, the penchant for saying too much and the penchant for not saying enough. He reminded everyone why they were glad to be rid of him. Perhaps in the end he will have helped Macron.

And then François Fillon, who has thrown in his lot with a new group of financial buccaneers, Tikehau Capital. Now he can buy his own suits (unless the state decides to buy him one by sending him to prison). The hedge funders hope to rely on his "international expertise." Can an overture to Russia, whose leader expressed admiration for Fillon during the campaign, be far behind?