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Has Hollande officially gone over to the dark side yet?
by tjbuff (timhess@adelphia.net) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 11:07:55 AM EST
Well, the short answer is maybe. According to some, he sees himself as France's Schröder.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 11:45:06 AM EST
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.. while others start seeing him as France's Zapatero (and JF.Copé sees himself as the French Rajoy).
by Bernard on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 02:22:18 PM EST
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Nobody sees him as France's Papandreou?

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 05:57:58 PM EST
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senile and ruled by his mistress?
by IM on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 11:31:26 AM EST
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No the 3d Papandreou. The Harvard scholar

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 11:49:30 AM EST
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Apparently he's faded out of collective memory real quick.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 11:58:55 AM EST
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On the contrary.

He was recently elected as president of European Socialists......

by Euroliberal on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 08:39:04 AM EST
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<facepalm>

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2012 at 09:17:58 AM EST
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I still senile and ruled by his mistress is an attractive proposal Hollande should pursue. He already has jilted wife - now Valérie Trierweiler  should step up!
by IM on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 12:07:58 PM EST
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He could also follow in the footsteps of Sarkozy - unhinged and married to his mistress, or DSK - senile and foaming at the mouth at mistresses.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2012 at 12:10:26 PM EST
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by Xavier in Paris on Tue Sep 18th, 2012 at 05:50:49 AM EST
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I'm seeing reports of €30bn budget cuts...

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 11:53:16 AM EST
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36%, for 2013. Back to the 3% deficit...

He says 10% spending cuts, 26% tax rises, broken down into 6% rise already prepared, 10% more on business, 10% on private individuals skewed towards the more wealthy.

I suppose I'd better write something about it. :(

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 12:28:22 PM EST
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I've read Fillon says France will be in recession in two years' time. I guess he's right, as

If France were to bring its Government deficit below 3%, it would destroy the ability of the French private sector to net-save, assuming the current account deficit stays on trend (and it should: Germany's 6% current account surplus is as stable as if it were a successful policy target, and the Eurozone's neutral current account balance is consistent with the ECB pursuing a non-interventionistic foreign reserve policy).



If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 12:35:05 PM EST
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Fillon should know, it was going to happen with him as PM.

It's fun to be in the opposition.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 02:48:00 PM EST
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Not 36%, €36bn. grr
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 02:48:54 PM EST
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