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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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