Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Minor nitpick: the Rue89 title might be better translated as: "This no 1930s, still no cause for relief either". (just trying to do a better job than Google:)

There's a general trend in the French right to undo the so-called "Conseil National de la Résistance" program, aka "French social model" post-WWII, as already discussed here, here, here and here. But many at the UMP are afraid of ceding ground to the FN and Le Pen junior. Sarkozy has been a net positive for them so far, but he's turning more and more into a liability: the closer we get to 2012, the more interesting it will get.

Of course basing one's political power over an electoral base of 65+ (70+ in 2012) is self-defeating in the medium term: today's fifty-something are no great Sarko fans (and they see their retirement date fly further away like a mirage in the desert).

Last remark: The left wins in 2012? DSK sure looks like a TINA guy, judging by what's coming out of the IMF...

Martine Aubry (Jacques Delors' daughter) may be better, but it's hard to tell.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 6th, 2010 at 08:31:00 AM EST

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series