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Of headlesss chickens, shot foxes and other additions to the gaiety of the French nation

It looks ever more likely that Sarkozy has played an absolute blinder in backing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the European candidate for the head of the IMF. In June I asked the following:

"Sarko is backing French Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn candidacy for the leadership of the IMF, commenting, "Could I deprive France of his candidacy just because he's a socialist?". Yes, Nicky, vieux haricot, of course you should.

Admittedly DSK is less neanderthal than some of the French Left, and perhaps Sarko is being a tad smart and trying to remove one of the French socialists with the greatest prospects of dragging the Socialist party into the 2oth 21st century".

The interesting bit is that Libé has asked the French people 'Who would be the best leader of the Left in the years to come?', and among the overall population, DSK leads the way at 30%, with Sego trailing at a frankly dismal 15%, followed by Trotskyite Besancenot on 8%. The contest is rather closer among leftist sympathisers, at 24% apiece for DSK and Sego, with Sego leading among Socialists at 31 to 27 . I am presuming that Gaulists and so on back DSK for reasons other than sheer devilment, otherwise presumably they would be lining up behind one of the 57 varieties of Trots, tankies, greens or other figureheads of the extreme left.

The mouche in the ointment is that Russia is backing a Czech banker as head of the IMF, thus wrecking the united front among we European types. The Czechs themselves are not best pleased and are backing DSK.

From what I can discover about Tošovský, he looks preferable to DSK as an IMF candidate, claims of past collaboration with the Czechoslovak secret police notwithstanding, so perhaps the ideal result is that DSK and Tošovský engage in some manner of fight to the near death which the Czech wins, but leaves DSK so hopelessly compromised that he can never hope to participate in French domestic politics.


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Blogger The Wilted Rose said... 12:59 pm

Absolutely genius -- and Sarko is a real contrast to the dour and not particularly cunning Brown that we have to put up with here. Sarko brings in Kouchner and appoints Strauss-Kahn to the IMF ... all Brown can manage is Digby Jones :-)  



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