There’d be a no-holds-barred reflection on how to tax inheritance, so as to fight against ‘increasing inequalities due to birth’. But it took just 72 hours for the Elysée to comment: oh no there won’t. ‘The President has formally excluded any change to inheritance rights during his term of office’. For any myopic who failed to see what was written clearly on the wall, the President was quoted as saying: ‘Stop messing with the pensioners … We’re not touching inheritance taxes as long as I’m here’. Continue reading Create a phrase using these words: Sinking/Leave/Ship/Rats?
Jupiter has, from time to time, been much more down to earth (literally and metaphorically). The President’s choice of cruder language has been held to demonstrate his difficulties in communicating with working people. Continue reading Words, words, words
‘Breaking a McDonald’s window is not a revolutionary act’ (Mélenchon) Continue reading 7 May 2018: one year down, four to go
Each interviewer, tieless, adopted a strictly non-hierarchical approach to the President. Never addressed as ‘Monsieur le President’ (except for the intro), he was but ‘Emmanuel Macron’. A fair bit of interviewing time was also spent on being oh-so-‘Anglo-Saxon’ by constantly interrupting the President and each other. Continue reading Also sprach Macron … und er sprach und sprach und sprach
As if Emmanuel Macron didn’t have enough Augeanesque stables to be getting on with, what exactly made him decide that Curbing The Cheminots (the railway workers) and their century-old special status should be his singular self-imposed Herculean task? Continue reading Herculean Task? Titanic Struggle?
‘The Army should run the country’. One in seven believe that would be Good. Only half those questioned think military rule is Very Bad. While 6% are Don’t Knows. Really? Can anyone not have an opinion? Continue reading Sure. It takes all sorts. But some of this is dispiriting
First Things First – 40 TODAY The Right – direction of travel … rightwards Seriously Hard Man of The Right, Laurent Wauquiez, has been overwhelmingly (and predictably) elected by the ever-dwindling membership of France’s conservative party (aka Les Républicains in its most recent manifestation) and so become its President. Wauquiez picked up 75% of the votes, with over half the Party membership abstaining. Wauquiez intends … Continue reading Some (light) reading for the festive season
The pleasuring of the rich: flaunt your yachts, private jets and gold ingots. Continue reading It’s the same the whole world over: It’s the poor what gets the blame. It’s the rich what gets the pleasure; Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame. (Street ballad. Anon.)
A man who never saw himself as Jupiter speaks … and speaks … and speaks … Continue reading Will Macron be the Third Man of the social-liberal left, after Schroder and Blair? (Bezat, Le Monde) Will Macron become France’s Thatcher? (Mortimer, The Spectator)
The post-summer-holidays return-to-crashing-reality Rentrée (‘The Return’) is described by Le Monde as ‘perilous’ with the President’s popularity having ‘sunk dangerously’. Continue reading Back to school. Back to work. But, for some, it’s backs to the wall.