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while the government says that high-school and university students have no legitimacy to demonstrate in opposition to the reform, which is "being carried out for them".

Sarko seems to be working from an alternate thesaurus than the one I have. Or an alternative version of democracy. Because in the version of democracy I am used to, it's the people who tell politicians whether they have legitimacy or not, rather than the other way around...

Though I suspect that Messrs Sarkozy, Putin and Corruptioni might have a productive weekend with their respective constitutions, a pair of scissors and a can of superglue...

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 12:54:14 PM EST
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This kind of presumption is in fact typical of conservative governments under the Sith Republic. Er, the Vth.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 01:05:57 PM EST
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Well William Pfaff wrote an article entitled A Sixth Republic for France? Perhaps Sarko's grotesque mimicry of Bonapartisme would make suggestions of a Sixth Republic more palatable. The current situation does highlight the limitations of lots of constitutions, including that of the USA.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 11:26:36 PM EST
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The danger being, of course, that the x would be dropped.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 11:32:13 PM EST
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