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The French Socialist Presidential hopefuls debate

Sego, DSK and Fabius went mano a mano on French TV last night, and the French rags seem to reckon that Sego came out quite well.

Judging from the comments they made, their contributions were a combination of empty bromides and red blooded socialism, with the usual admixture of acronyms and buzzwords. I have attempted to render the original French as English that reads like English rather than literal rendering of the odd argot French pols use.

Asked why she was a candidate, Sego replied it was 'so the left can win and make France succeed'. She also wants 'the economy to be at the service of humanity and well being, not as an end it itself'. As to 'financial anarchy', she's agin it. Fabius is not keen on 'global hypercapitalism' which 'steamrollers everything in its path'.

As to solutions, Sego says 'The France of tomorrow is the France of competitiveness areas (these are bits of the country with five year plan type set ups. C), where the brain power is, where there is competitiveness and synergies. (See what I mean on the bromide front?).

Fabius reckons everything will be fine and dandy if the smic (a sort of guaranteed miniumum income) is bumped up by €100 and the 35 hr maximum week is foisted on small companies too. DSK reckoned the 35 hr week created 2m jobs. (Back to economics 101 Dom).

Apparently they also discussed renationalising EDF (owner of London Electricity, inter alia), but that didn't make the papers. They are keeping the red flag flying, aren't they? Even John 'Flat Earth' McDonnell doesn't appear to be intent on that.

I have a link to last night's debate here for anyone /that/ keen on disintermediating. Hat tip to The Brave for sending it to me.
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Blogger istanbultory said... 10:07 am

I must say that I am rather keen on 'global hypercapitalism'.
I suspect hardline Socialist activists who think that Sego is a female version of Tony Blair are seriously wrong. Sego is a fully paid up member of the light-weight tendency.To win the election she has to appeal to the centre and right without losing the left. Pretty much impossible. In truth, the PS candidates are all remarkably uninspiring.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 10:14 am

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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 10:15 am

France is such a great place to work london is full of the french (and ruskkis).
william as an honourary gaul no doubt you are aware of there almost soviet employment precticesthe french live under,
You career is decided age 18 and thats it.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:38 am

Must say I'm rarely impressed by French pols of any stripe - they all seem to come from central casting - ENA, a mayorship somewhere, a safe seat somewhere and on they go.

PH - Yup, and I know a fair few of them. The reason they all want to work in the public sector is because of the awesome fringe benefits, fabulous pension, holiday entitlement and they are virtually unsackable.  

Anonymous Colin said... 11:29 am

The reason they all want to work in the public sector is because of the awesome fringe benefits, fabulous pension, holiday entitlement and they are virtually unsackable.

And since the French state has problems to pay it all, their politicians decided that the breakdown of their system could be prevented by forcing other countries to contribute via the EU (French farmers) and its EURO (money expansion by credits = counterfeiting money).  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:37 am

I am always pleased to see the French vote for a madness that will sink their economy.

If Sego wins though, which is possible, whill this just reflect a gallic mistranslation of the 'Schwarznegger' effect?

It may mean anybody good looking and media savvy could get elected.

Which would be great for you eh, PH?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:50 pm

CU - I've deleted your duplicate posts - I know Bloger has been acting up, but I wouldn't want folk to think there is a very energetic echo here.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 1:18 pm

the 35 hr week may have created 2m jobs but how many did it cost and how much investment stayed away.

can't wait till the frogs go bust  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 2:15 pm

well, unslicker, with a haircut, some pants not held up with string and boot polish on my feet to disguise the flip flops I could probably be quite slick, almost cameronesque.
I believe that there is a market out there for my brand of politics,unfortunatley it is suppressed by the commies who run the media and our laughable parliamentary system.

If any of you agree with my view off the world and how it could be made better please send money for shoes and trousers to me c/o "Croydonian" then I can face the cameras on your behalf.
If only Dizzy would follow my example and beg money for respectable clothes then maybe he also would have a chance to succeed in politics.  

Anonymous Suttonian said... 10:03 am


Why is it that any intelligent discussion on France attracts the Sun readers?

French politicians are unimpressive (shonky). So why not be positive and name the honezt, competent etc. Brit politicians?  

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