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Laurent Fabius pulls a 'Tony Benn' and other French goings on



Liberation is reporting Fabius's complaint that 'there is no debate' going on between the PS candidates.

Or put another way, 'I'm last in the polls and rather less photogenic than Sego, so let's talk about the isshoos...'

Elsewhere Le Monde interviews Paul Bernard, who is worried about the atomising of French society and wants to rehabilitate Jacobinism:

"There is a danger abroad in my country today: its citizens are defined more by what makes them different than what they have in common . This is true for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Auvergnats and Bretons. Where is France in all that?....We need to rehabilitate that beautiful word "Jacobin" which today is caricatured…Jacobinism means that all citizens are equal, that they have to answer to an authority which is the same for all".

Can't say I'm convinced - this after all, is the idea that was used to crush any expression of cultural identity which didn't conform with what Paris wanted. Shades of the revolutionary calendar, supposedly a triumph of reason through being based on growing seasons and the weather rather than the Julian/Gregorian model. A rather major snag was that when it was Germinal ('seed') in Paris (the ground zero for defining anything...), that had had already come to pass in the South.


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Anonymous riggermortice said... 1:33 pm

it's always the ugly people.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:58 pm

You're almost as cynical as I am....  



Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 4:03 pm

What are the French papers saying about the blogger who was sacked? I've just written up about it, half expected you to have done so, giving us the French slant, are they sympathetic towards her?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:42 pm

Ellee, they seem to have made rather less noise about it than we have over here. I'll do a full post on it tonight or tomorrow.  



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