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and her French is fluent. I think it's her choice of interviewees that's interesting, not the fact that she buys the Kouchner and Duhamel lines.

I've been wondering for some time what the Manhattan Literatis' take on the French elections would be (as opposed to the Beltway Bores, who will slavishly follow our "special" friends, the Brits, in all their Euro thinking). I think Kramer is, for better or worse, pretty representative. Bayrou is the kind of French person "sophisticated" Americans like, the kind of French friend we'd love to show off at a dinner party.

by Matt in NYC on Mon Apr 16th, 2007 at 05:24:18 PM EST
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Yes, I think you're right. Bayrou's just fine for the New Yorker.

As for Kramer's knowledge of France, I don't doubt she speaks French and knows the place. But, as I've said elsewhere re other Paris correspondents, what they do is mostly write what they're supposed to. They write what fits the editorial style, line, ideological world, of the medium they work for. That means they reinforce, or at least never contradict, the CW narrative.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 17th, 2007 at 02:25:08 AM EST
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