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I was going to feature this yesterday, till I realized I had to run a search for it on Le Monde site, it was so hidden away. I haven't heard it mentioned on radio news. I don't see much TV news, but I doubt it got much play there.

We could say that was due to manufactured-consent media obedience, but I don't think so - journalists are quite ready to step out of the Sarko line these days (they have scores to settle).

My conclusion is that Hollande is mouthing the right words, but he's not putting any media presence behind them. Almost as if he's afraid of the bully reaction from the conservatives.

The French are in need of a narrative they can fit to this crisis. Because they have no other than the debt-sin story (and yes, it works on the French too), they are currently resigned to taking a flogging. If Hollande doesn't offer what's needed, he won't win the election.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2011 at 05:04:21 AM EST
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