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In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 01:11:01 PM EST
What? Didn't you hear? Paris Hilton is back in jail! :)
by Laurent GUERBY on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 01:23:10 PM EST
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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x27xfa_non-sarkozy-netait-pas-ivre-resume

(I've been trying to embed it, but it crashes my browser each time)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 01:37:18 PM EST
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It's absolutely hilarious if you turn the sound off.
by Fran on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 01:58:33 PM EST
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Was he seasick?  It is funny with the lip biting and the right hand "disappearing"....  

In the clip I saw at lunch time, before he asked for questions, he really seemed  under the influence of something, or he had ants in his pants.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 03:22:51 PM EST
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How did the French Parliament become so unimportant? Has the 5th Republic finally become the elective monarchy that De Gaulle wanted?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 03:57:42 PM EST
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Yes, thanks to Lionel Jospin and the PS.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 04:51:50 PM EST
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They didn't seem to care much about the elections this time around. Their result serves them right. Too bad the rest of France has to pay the cosequences of single-party rule.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2007 at 04:55:13 PM EST
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Aligning the presidential and the parliamentary terms (5 years each) turns the National Assembly into an echo chamber, and the parliamentary elections into a rubber stamp.

Which also largely explains the low turn-out.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 03:05:28 AM EST
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Parliaments became in Western style democracies somewhat sick. It's not only because of executive lust for power but also from Western model of democracy where all rights belong to limited circle of media barons and riches who can afford their services. Russia in this respect is not different from the West.
by FarEasterner on Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 06:01:15 AM EST
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There has been talk of a "crisis of democracy" for a few decades now, and analysist try to figure out what's wrong with the people. I think it just means that the oligarchy can no longer rule undisturbed, and there's nothing wrong with the people but with Democracy™. The drive to approve the European "mini treaty" in the parliaments without a referendum is an example of this.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 06:08:11 AM EST
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