Rogues gallery

Lovable Old Rogue Jacques Chirac died last week. Minister for 3 years. Mayor of Paris for 18 years. Prime Minister twice. President of France 1995-20007. In the wake of his death, pollster Ifop asked who was France’s greatest 5th Republic President. Chirac came the reply. First equal with de Gaulle. Both 30% support. [Polling Note: Macron got 7%.] But haven’t times changed. A 2013 Ifop … Continue reading Rogues gallery

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and …

This panorama of an often over-heated summer has to begin (as did those summer months) with ‘Lobstergate’. Those lazy, hazy, crazy days were off and away with a marginally overcooked story about lobsters and Parliamentary Grandes Bouffes. Continue reading Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and …

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The initial reaction of misguided Républicains party leader, Wauquiez, was to describe the result as ‘not meeting the expectations raised by their campaign’. After all, expectations must surely have been relatively high for a party list led by a Eurosceptic Catholic philosophy teacher whose previous campaigns were largely confined to opposition to same-sex marriage. Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Day 90 – Dear Reader: A question to you

A Question to Readers. My attempt to blog for 100 days until the Presidential Election has become a near-obsessive challenge. The self-imposed pressure to post requires me to pick up that quotidian gauntlet. If that’s how it is for me, what’s it doing to some of you poor folk? Every day without fail, sometimes twice (heaven forfend, even thrice), arrives That Email presaging possibly yet … Continue reading Day 90 – Dear Reader: A question to you