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?
The personal is political … sometimes it’s even a bit fiscal The sudden resignation of environmental rock-star and TV pundit Nicolas Hulot – from his all-too-impotent role as France’s Environment Minister – was, said President Macron (in a largely unsuccessful attempt to downplay the significance of Hulot’s departure) a ‘personal decision’ which he ‘respected’. Less than a week later, but hours before the consequent reshuffle … Continue reading Micro-reshuffle. No-one hurt.
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
The President unveiled on Twitter (where else?) his official portrait … He’s half-sitting, half-standing. He’s indoors, but not far from outdoors. Continue reading Will this ‘special relationship’ have more accents?
Long before he can enjoy any of that Serious R&R, Mr Fillon has his Meeting with Destiny. 30 May: Meet The Judges Day. Continue reading From micro(n) to Macro(n)
President Hollande will hand over to his successor on 13 or 14 May Continue reading Day 7 – In a week it’ll be too late to vote
Over 2 million Socialist Primary voters turned out. They clearly gave it to Hamon by 59% to 41%. That 2 million may be slightly exaggerated: a Buzzfeed journalist voted 4 times. A cheap story for €4. At least this week, unlike last week’s shambolic 1st Round near-silence, the Socialist Party has today been able to publish a reasonably convincing report of votes actually cast in each … Continue reading Day 98 (pt 2) – Gallia sinistra est omnis divisa in partes tres
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