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)

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)

Day 77 – Je ne regrette rien (but some do have regrets)

Macron’s mis-speakings Macron’s statement on Algerian TV that French colonisation was a ‘crime against humanity’ has now been amended to be ‘a crime against humans’. He has been pursued all week by the Right/FN. Some FN demonstrators disrupted his meetings. He said publicly ‘I have understood you’ (refererring to a famous de Gaulle speech on Algeria), saying he wants to be President of all the … Continue reading Day 77 – Je ne regrette rien (but some do have regrets)

Day 96 – ‘Can Fillon hold on?’ (Le Monde front page )

Infamy? Calumny? Enquiries continue: did Fillon’s wife do any real work for him as a Parliamentary assistant? His Parliamentary offices have been searched by the police. Interviews are being conducted. Today’s ‘Canard Enchainé’ apologetically reports their major under-estimate of Mme Fillon’s serious-pay-for-questionable-work (now said to be €830K over 8 years – up from last week’s €500K). Fillon had accused the journal, among other things, of … Continue reading Day 96 – ‘Can Fillon hold on?’ (Le Monde front page )

Day 100 – Socialist Party Primary

Tomorrow evening soon after 8pm (France always votes on a Sunday) we will know the name of probably the last ‘major’ candidate for the French Presidential Election, following the 2nd round of the Socialist Party Primary. For Presidential Elections – as well as the Primaries of Parties choosing their candidates this way – the top 2 candidates in the 1st round of voting go through to a run-off. … Continue reading Day 100 – Socialist Party Primary