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Taubira resigns

by eurogreen Wed Jan 27th, 2016 at 02:18:48 PM EST

Well, that's a relief...

French minister Christiane Taubira resigns after fallout over terror policy | World news | The Guardian

Taubira's ultimate showdown with Hollande and his prime minister, Manuel Valls, was over the president's controversial plans to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second dual nationality. The measure - known as the "loss of nationality" plan - was to be written into the constitution next month.

The move, which the government had admitted was purely symbolic, was seen by critics on the left, such as Taubira, as having the dangerous side-effect of sending a message that French citizens could be divided into two categories - with those who were "pure" French worth more than those with mixed backgrounds.

As Justice Minister, it would have been her job to defend the amendments to the Constitution, and the ensuing legislation, creating two-tier citizenship.

This may seem a minor thing to nationals of countries which were founded along ethnic lines. But for the French Republic, it's a definitional issue, and in practice, a clear-cut left/right divider.

frontpaged with minor edit - Bjinse


Taubira was regarded as Hollande's left-wing alibi, and her resignation has the immense virtue of clarifying things : the divorce between Hollande and the left is now final and irrevocable.

Another amendment will constitutionalize the "state of emergency", a partial suspension of rule of law. The Ligue des Droits de l'Homme has challenged it before the Conseil d'état, and lost. So we are likely to be subjected to the "Etat d'urgence permanent", because according to Valls, the very continued existence of Islamic State is justification enough to prolong it.

The new minister of justice is known to favour closer integration between the ministry of Justice and the Interior Ministry. So, logically enough, along with authoritarianism and nationalism, we are going to get a weakening of the separation of powers too.

Happy new year!

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the divorce between Hollande and the left is now final and irrevocable.

I can't imagine why anyone on the left should support this government in any way. That would include voting for Hollande against Le Pen.

Hollande doesn't appear to care. He's running through a series of definitive Sista Souljah rejections. The next one of which is likely to be using the state of emergency to force through an almost half-century-old useless airport project because that one too, like stripping dual nationality (shades of the treatment of Jews under Pétain), is a symbolic red line for many on the left (certainly the more ecologically-minded).

It seems he thinks he's the reincarnation of Mitterand and is therefore a wily politician. So wily he hopes to triangulate an institutional victory for the narrowing base of a conflicted and increasingly irrelevant PS.

Unemployment figures were bad again last month. Need I say more?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 27th, 2016 at 03:12:35 PM EST
Completely delusional. The only chance he has of winning is if he's up against Sarkozy and Le Pen. But that's not going to happen.

There is now much talk of a left primary, to select a single candidate for the non PS left. It's an attractive idea; such a candidate might well beat Hollande in the first round, but wouldn't make it to the second.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 27th, 2016 at 03:50:26 PM EST
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such a candidate might well beat Hollande in the first round, but wouldn't make it to the second
So you're saying the PS candidate might well come fourth in the first round. Is it that bad?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 25th, 2016 at 01:49:28 PM EST
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A permanent state of emergency.  And the French claim they don't like US culture.
by rifek on Wed Jan 27th, 2016 at 05:04:31 PM EST
Hollande does an Obama! Condolences. But few here are likely surprised.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 01:24:03 AM EST
Oh, come on, he had already embraced supply-side policies.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 10:30:22 AM EST
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Well, no one ever complained that he was a Marxist, but the possibility remained that he was a 'social issues' only SINO. But, with this he pledged allegiance to neo-liberalism and the third way.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 10:36:16 AM EST
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Remember, Piketty was a key economic advisor for his election campaign. Now, he's a leading promoter of a primary to select a candidate for all the left.

Now that the PS itself has been sidelined and marginalized in the Hollande administration, all bets are off...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 12:41:01 PM EST
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Was he? My memory was that I was frustrated that he was not (he was to Royal 5 years earlier though, if I recall correctly).

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Feb 1st, 2016 at 09:34:02 AM EST
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Lordy. Watching Sarko on TV right now. He's asked, would you take Emmanuel Macron (current minister of the economy) in your government?
Sarko replies : He just wants to know why he stays in that government, and says lots of good things about Macron.

(why he stays is obvious : it's his government, he's making its economic policies).

The implication : Sarko would do nothing different in economic policy... But we already knew that.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 01:42:54 PM EST
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france 24 - Former French minister Taubira delights New York fans - France 24
Former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira was treated to a standing ovation as she addressed students at New York University on Friday, just two days after quitting France's Socialist government.

An icon of the left, Taubira resigned on Wednesday in protest over plans to strip dual nationals of French citizenship if convicted of terrorism.

Her official meetings in the US were cancelled following her resignation. But she kept her engagement with NYU, delivering a speech on equality and justice that delighted her fans in the Big Apple.

Taubira, who hails from French Guiana on the Caribbean coast, shepherded same-sex marriage into law and is seen as a pioneer for women and minorities in French politics.

by Bernard on Sun Jan 31st, 2016 at 09:48:19 AM EST


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