Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sarkozy Nimes last week.

“France does not belong to those who would sit back and watch its decline, to those who would silently rejoice in it…France will take up the challenges of its destiny…Our fate isn’t determined by any supposed decline, only the devastation caused by those who oppose progress…(the devastation) which weakens France, discredits the State, diverts our strength..Every Frenchman has a strong bond with France…and people feel sad, humiliated and angry when France is not achieving its full potential...”

From the

“He talked about his love for France, that everyone's first duty was to love this land and to be proud of it. His wide-ranging speech pushed all the right buttons, touched on all the things any voter should be thinking about before a big election

But he was not afraid to catalogue what was wrong with his country, from public services to the economy, the schools system and even the courts. He said he wanted to convince those who were disillusioned and no longer believed in politics to have faith.

It was a speech regularly punctuated by applause as he worked the crowd, at times gesticulating to emphasise a point, speeding up his delivery, or slowing it down.

This is a man who knows how to connect with people, with voters.

He is a "great communicator" and one thing any great communicator must do is talk about the issues that really concern people.

In this regard, Mr Sarkozy is a genius”.

I was going to take a look and update on Sarko, the Cleargate ‘scandal’, Villepin and Chirac but L’Ombre de l’Oliver (being the maunderings of an Englishman on the Côte d'Azur) has already done such an amazing summary I don’t think ill attempt it! So instead ill refer you to him. Terrific read from a self confessed detester of Chirac and Villepin.

Read it all

(scroll down to Cleargate Update)
L'Ombre de l'Olivier - Shadow of the Olive Tree

There was also a piece that preceded this one which touched more on the Nimes speech and his remarks about exposing the Cleargate plotters but I unfortunately cant seem to locate it as he has written so much since. He certainly likes to write! I also recall a mention of Sarkos Hungarian roots…

’a Hungarian is someone who will enter a revolving door behind you and come out ahead of you.’

“…, the key point here is that Sarko is doing something that no other French minister seems to be doing - work - and while the chattering classes may disagree with what he proposes I think it is fairly sure that a large chunk of voters do agree and that particularly includes a whole load of potential FN voters”.

The FN are third still in the polls behind Sarkozy and Royal.

L’Ombre continues:

“So by proposing these changes, even if they end up being rejected, Sarko gets to steal the thunder of Le Pen and hence probably a lot of his support. If he can get an election in the near future while the socialists are still faffing around, Le Pen losing support and no other credible centre-right candidate on the horizon he ought to be a sure victor. The only question will be whether he can fit the election in before everyone goes off on their summer hols”

What I wouldn’t do for a British Sarkozy, lol. Even if he doesn’t make it next year his influence on French politics will be huge.

****Add on from l'Olivier who directed me to the archive post i wanted (thanks!)****

rest here

"...the Clearstream affair in its discussion of his recent Nimes speech (which was damn good and really resonated):

He launched a scathing attack on political leaders over the last three decades, blaming their aversion to reform for fuelling "this France of the 'No'".

He said last month's street protests against a contentious youth labour law reflected the same "anxiety and lost hope" as the No vote in last year's referendum on Europe's constitutional treaty and the shock second-place finish by extreme right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 2002 election.

Much of his speech stressed the need to rebuild French pride and reach out to voters of the anti-immigration National Front.

"It is staggering to see how politically correct thinking has let the extreme right get a monopoly on using the word homeland," he said.

He also took a swipe at France's first ever slavery day, launched by Mr Chirac yesterday. "France has caused suffering, but she never gave birth to Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot," he said. "Making slavery the only face of France is to tar with the same brush all who did not practise it or stood up against it."

Mr Sarkozy's ability to pillory the political elite and its lack of vision, in spite of being one of its members for years, is a delicate balancing act that has become a central theme of his presidential campaign.

What the FT does not mention is that Sarko is indeed an outsider to the French elites in many ways. He is not an énarque, unlike just about every other major political figure in France, his father immigrated from Hungary - and you can tell; the joking definition
"A Hungarian is a man who can enter a revolving door after you, but emerge before you" absolutely applies to Nick the Gnome - and he lacks the sort of mutual back-scratching ties to journalists that other politicians have - witness the media firestorm about his "scum" comment"

The UK needs a Sarkozy. Lucky France.


At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Anonymous Maggie said...

As usual an astute blog Alison, the 'old' french are on their way out I hope,especially that clown Chirac. At the same time being a dweller in France I hope they never succumb to the Anglo Saxon attitude and let tout le monde move in financially and domestically. France won't be France without the attitude - closed for lunch, Mondays and all of August. There must be a middle way!

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world isn't going to sit still for France. The billions of Chinese and Indians work longer and harder hours then even the Americans or the 'Anglo-Saxons' (just wait till thier full impact is felt on the world stage); the 'French' way of 'closed for lunch, Mondays, and August' is a dinosaur that must slowly die out. Its sad; no one likes to work all the time- but the world is a competitive place and only the fit survive.

I still firmly believe that France is too poisoned with socalism to survive in any meaningful way. 100 years from now, it will more closely resemble modern Syria than the major world economic and military power of the past half millineium (both ethnically and economically).

It makes me very sad and it makes me fear for the West's future.

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Blogger dirty dingus said...

FWIW you can read almost all of my Clearstream posts by looking in my brand new working archives for this month and last month.

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

France will will balance out its working ethos with the demands of globalisation. It hasnt any choice. and it will be soon. How they do it is key. I hope they hold on to some of that old ethos.

The significant changes ive seen in Europe have all been amazing. All ive seen is progress forcing change. For the better. Business calls the shots and its expanding in Europe at a terrific rate. With that comes the necessary change.

To stop believing is what certain factions want. Im such a loud mouthed gobby optimist. But you have to be. To me if Europe goes down we all do. And to think I hated France a few years back.

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Thanks DD

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Blogger ed thomas said...

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At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Blogger ed thomas said...

Well I have to say I think I'm with the L.A. on this. France may be changing, as might the rest of Europe (well, I can see it for myself, actually), but the rest of the world is metamorphosing. Can Europe drag its head far enough out of the sand to see what's necessary? Evolution is not an option. This applies to the UK as well, I'd say, by and large, thought the more variables we add in, such as the transatlantic alliance, the old commonwealth, etc, the more chance we have of compensating for missed opportunities and lost time.

I think that Steyn hit the demographic nail on the head really. Some optimists might point out that the French are second in the Eurobaby table, but they're also highest when it comes to Islamic babies, I'll wager.

I don't think that Sakozy is genius enough to carry things off sufficiently, but if he is then good luck to him. Certainly I think he'll illuminate a path for successors to have a more profound stab.

It aint dark yet, but it's getting there.

At Monday, 15 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

We all are re Islamic babies. Fools if we look at France and think 'bad luck' and i include the US in that, specially now the illegal Mexicans are their NBFs.

Sarko is the best thing ive seen on the political sphere in years and years. Anyone that is genius enough to shake off (so far) a political smear scandal is worth some attention... and poll so well when he says what he says. He'll influence left as well as right and therein lies the key.

Steyn is poison on Europe and I cant help feeling that he really hates it - so i dont take too much on board when he starts his rants as thats a dangerous/odd position to take. The world needs a strong Europe.

Im far more worried about the UK.

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have always agreed that the World needs a strong Europe, and that both centers of Western power (i.e. North America and Europe) need to come closer together to face the challenges of the future.

That being said, I just don't see anyone refuting any of Steyn's arguments. Euro hater or not, Europe really has no answers for its impending demographic meltdown.

While the USA is struggling with its own immigration problems, the facts remain- the US population is still growing and the vast majority of US immigrants are Westernized in culture and beleifs. Central Americans immigrants are not going to blow themselves up or try to impose Sharia law in Washington.

I wish I could share your optimism about the future of Europe, but I truly think the twin evils of Islam and Socialism represent a threat of which the magnitude of has not fully been comprehended by the European public. Theyre too worried about Bush and the CIA interrogating terrorsits.

Just my two 'pence' :)


At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Ok re optimism and whats been understood by the european public, forget what Steyn tells you for a second. The reality is as follows. What does this say to you?:

"the shock second-place finish by extreme right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 2002 election"

"It is staggering to see how politically correct thinking has let the extreme right get a monopoly on using the word homeland,"

"last month's street protests against a contentious youth labour law reflected the same "anxiety and lost hope" as the No vote in last year's referendum on Europe's constitutional treaty"

Whos is a position to change France. Sarkozy or Steyn?

Ive no more time for Steyn propagating his europhobic vision than I have for the MSM and their USphobic vision. Both poison in their own ways when consumed in large volumes.

Ill address demos later!

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you're right....but I would be absolutely shocked if Sarkozy could change France.

Just the fact that nearly 3/4 of the French public was against a bill that would allow someone to be fired within 2 years of starting thier job is astounding to me. Its as if they just want to stick their heads in the sand when it comes to the realities of free market economics and pretend they can will these realities away. Its almost like a child sticking his fingers in his ears or holding his breath when he cant have what he wants.

As you beleive, I agree that Sarkozy is a great hope for France although I think he may be the last.

I really hope he wins, but seeing is beleiving with France and its near obsession with failed Marxist principles.

At Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarkozy is a radical leftist who is lying to the French with rightwing rhetoric. What does he actually believe in? Well minority favoritism for starters and affirmative action. He's the Bush of France - who invokes patriotism for political benefit but does not hold it in his heart, and who pretends to be a social conservative when he is an out and out liberal. He's a disaster for France.

At Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

What does he actually believe in?

The anglo saxon economic model.


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