The ‘Trumpisation’ of the campaign. The nasty campaign. The tainted election. A climate of conspiracy theories. Continue reading Day 41 – It’s dirty out there. [Warning. BUMPER LONG READ EDITION]
FakeJobsGate? He’d toughed it out. It really seemed that way … then it was announced that 3 judges would be named to run a full judicial enquiry … Continue reading Day 70 – Judges, judges, everywhere
Macron Interviewed by a private Algerian TV station (while there this week), Macron attacked (in French) the past: ‘Colonisation is part of French history. It’s a crime, it’s a crime against humanity’ [thus ‘qualifying’ what he’d said in October about Algerian colonisation’s ‘positive’ aspects]. Fillon instantly counter-attacked: ‘This detestation of our history, this permanent repentance is unworthy of a Presidential Candidate’. The FN were still more … Continue reading Day 80 – Attacks to right of them, Attacks to left of them
Fillon can’t escape ‘les affaires‘ Denying Saturday night’s rumours of imminent charges being brought against Fillon, the ‘anti-corruption Office’ investigating FakeJobsGate put out a press release on Sunday afternoon that ‘no decision’ had been taken and ‘no timetable’ had been fixed. ‘I will fight to the end’ were Fillon’s clear words from 9000 km away during his 3-day La Réunion less-than-jolly. He repeated that he was … Continue reading Day 83 – Still no debate. No issues. No campaign.
Plus ça change … Has anything changed? A Harris poll found 81% of the French greatly or fairly interested by this election – up substantially since 2 months ago before the Socialist primary. That’s about the only thing actually to have changed. Closing Time Approaching for M. Fillon? After dismissing the ‘Plan B’ attempt to dump him as B for Bérézina, Fillon moved up the alphabet to … Continue reading Day 86 – As I was saying before I …
Fillon – strong but still fragile. Operation Transparency has resulted in the publication of lots of detail about Fillon’s ‘wealth’ and the payments to his wife. Those who’ve always wanted a rather lovely-looking French chateau, and who may indulge in the Politics of Envy, might yearn harder when told that this 1107 sq. m. chateau (PLUS 1062 sq m of outbuildings PLUS 993 sq m … Continue reading Day 89 – Lots of worrying things
Fillon fights on. Speaking slowly and clearly for 20 minutes to 200 journalists (50 from overseas), Fillon took 25 minutes’ questions. He said that for 35 years his ethics had been ‘irreproachable’. He had at all times wholly ‘respected the law’. Fillon gave details of his wife’s net monthly salary and her rôle, saying the employment of his wife and children had always been totally … Continue reading Day 91 (pt 3) – What do I know?
The thinning thread by which Fillon hangs. Two leading investigative journalists at Le Monde (Davet and Lhomme – they wrote the stunning book of interviews that finally did for Hollande) have just published information about Fillon’s children. Fillon had claimed – as part of his first Operation Transparency interview a week back – that he needed to tell us that he had not only employed his … Continue reading Day 91 (pt 2) – Surely Fillon can’t survive
Is this curtains? It’s a reasonably fast-moving Monday morning in the world of French conservatism. Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin (conservative PM before Fillon; Chirac’s poetry-writing Iraq-invasion-opposing Foreign Minister), interviewed on radio station Europe 1, urged Fillon to deliver Operation Truth ‘and perhaps a bit more … He must put everything on the table’ at a press conference or major TV interview. De … Continue reading Day 91 – Fillon … sponge … throw … today?
The 5 leading candidates (whether ‘self-anointed’ or chosen by their Parties) vie to be seen as the outsider fighting against the political/Party Establishment. Le Monde has today identified statements where they each try to show their distance from ‘The System’ whilst rallying support for themselves, THE Anti-System Candidate. Hard Left Outsider Melenchon. As I write, I am thrilled that (courtesy of conservative Le Figaro) my computer screen regularly … Continue reading Day 92 -Who’s the Outsidest of them all?