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The transportation strikes about the pensions reform are suspended.

Well, all that the French media are talking about is "usagers" happy that they can go on their daily grind. Interviewing ordinary people, asking, "are you happy the strikes are over?", "Yes". That, and Sarkozy triumphing, "I promised a reform, and I done it".

Of course, the only reason there was a strike, and it lasted so long, is that the government refused to negotiate. Sarkozy wanted to beat a strike, and got that image in the media. Now he is going to give up concessions, real compensations, but the media aren't going to talk about that... It would destroy their hyperpresidential Thatcher narrative.

Yesterday there was a university-and-high-school student demonstration in front of the Sorbonne. According to witnesses, there was some violence. Strangely, we don't hear about that... The only demonstrators the government truly fears, as they are not union controlled, are the high school students.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 07:08:15 PM EST
I think that 75%"magnanimous compromise" mixed with the remainder of "boyish self deprecation" would be a smart tactical cocktail for Sarko- it would undermine the coming strikes. "Well, he compromised when the transport workers gave in---".
I think the press will tell us about it endlessly if he does offer real compromise- Sarko's image problem seems to be that he is emerging as the hyperkinetic snarling  egoist- almost the white nose effect, -rather like Uribe in Colombia- and that will need repairs.

"Come on, Nicholas- blow your nose before you go out there, and for God's sake stop biting reporters!"

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 01:35:43 PM EST
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I think the press will tell us about it endlessly if he does offer real compromise

Well, I don't. What did he give to the medical students that were on strikes ? we don't know about it. What did he give to the fishermen on strike ? we don't know. The only time he went to see train drivers, he showed himself utterly incompetent on the subject - and we didn't hear about it. When it was reported he had a racist talk with other countries' head of states - we didn't hear about it.

MSM has stopped reporting about Sarkozy. It is only reporting what the Elysée wants it to say.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 04:32:21 PM EST
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