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In fact, Prime Minister Fillon upped and said exactly that as soon as Hollande had spoken.

Hollande renégociera l'accord de Bruxelles s'il est élu - Présidentielle 2012 Holland will renegotiate the Brussels agreement if elected - 2012 Presidential
François Fillon a jugé "tout à fait irresponsable" la proposition de François Hollande : "c'est la crédibilité de la France qui est en jeu, car on ne peut pas dire aux marchés : 'il y a un accord européen en décembre mais on ne sait pas si en avril ou en mai il sera toujours valable'".Francois Fillon considered Francois Hollande's proposal as "completely irresponsible" , "the credibility of France is at stake because you can not tell the markets: there is a European agreement in December but we don't know whether it will still be valid in April or May."

In the Nouvel Obs, Renaud Dély thinks that Hollande was courageous, in the circumstances, to come out in favour of renegotiation:

Hollande face au piège sarkozyste de "l'union nationale" - Présidentielle 2012 Hollande up against Sarkozy's "national unity" trap - 2012 Presidential
c'est bien un climat d'incontournable "union nationale" que le chef de l'Etat cherche à instiller. Ce faisant, il prend le risque de devenir le candidat "TINA" - "there is no alternative" -, porte-drapeau de la trop fameuse "seule politique possible". Le discours plaît souvent aux éditorialistes et séduit les élites, économiques ou intellectuelles. Il désespère en revanche les classes populaires qui désertent les urnes ou se réfugient dans le vote "anti-système" de type lepéniste faute de croire encore à une alternative possible....it is indeed a climate of inescapable "national unity" that the head of state seeks to instill. In doing so, he risks becoming the candidate of "TINA" - "there is no alternative" - ​​flagship of the notorious "only possible policy." This discourse often pleases the editorialists and seduces economic or intellectual elites. On the other hand it drives the lower classes to despair, who then desert the polling booths or take refuge in the "anti-system" vote, Le Pen style, since they can no longer find credible a possible alternative.

I guess all anyone can do is just shut up. Not only TINA, but it is treason to be in the opposition.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 09:30:25 AM EST
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If your government is at war with the Welfare State, isn't taking the side of the Welfare State treason?

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 09:33:37 AM EST
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If Merkozy's genial plan fails to rescue the euro (and we all know it will), it's not their fault. It is the fault of Hollande's stab in the back.
by Katrin on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:09:58 AM EST
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And Cameron, and the likely Irish referendum. And the fecklessness of the Greeks and their inability to grow their economy while slashing government spending by 10% of GDP.

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:17:32 AM EST
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Especially the Irish referendum, I guess. Can't have that anymore, this damn democracy. Why must they always give the wrong result in the first attempt?
by Katrin on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:27:09 AM EST
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So the Dolchstosslegende is fair game, too?

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:24:38 AM EST
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Couldn't help it.
by Katrin on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:27:52 AM EST
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If even campaigning against Merkel's and Sarkozy's policies is declared disquieting for "the markets", Dolchstoßlegende is the correct metaphor.
by Katrin on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 11:38:50 AM EST
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is that "the markets" are tanking because Europe is throwing itself into a recession. The prospect of more expansionist economic policy in the future can therefore only be welcomed by said markets.

Fillon undoubtedly knows this, because he is not a complete idiot (unlike his president and many of his ministers)

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

by eurogreen on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 12:40:20 PM EST
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Double treason in this Dolchstoss from Hollande, since he and all the opposition have to be constantly ordered to stop being Germanophobic, which God forbid Sarkozy could ever be.

Except that during the 2007 campaign, the candidate Sarkozy came out with the following, on three occasions in major public speeches:

Quand le candidat Sarkozy était accusé de "germanophobie" en 2007 - LeMonde.fr

"La France n'a jamais cédé à la tentation totalitaire. Elle n'a jamais exterminé un peuple. Elle n'a pas inventé la solution finale, elle n'a pas commis de crime contre l'humanité, ni de génocide"

(9 March 2007, Caen; and 17 April, 2007, Metz)

"[La France] n'a pas commis de génocide. Elle n'a pas inventé la solution finale."

(30 March 2007, Nice)

France has never given in to the totalitarian temptation, has never exterminated a people, did not invent the final solution, has committed no crime against humanity or genocide...

No reference to Germany, of course.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:27:04 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:37:00 PM EST
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As predicted by Mig, France's AAA rating has become the subject of French Presidential Election Campaign Football, and of course, the "Golden Rule" is used by the UMP to tar the socialists as "irresponsible" (last summer, I wrote: "we haven't seen the last of the "Golden Rule"", but really, this was shooting fish in a barrel).
by Bernard on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 03:16:30 PM EST
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