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Pity Bertrand Delanoë - Kingmaker, but not a King

Delanoë is Mayor of 'The City of Light', and is the popular choice to lead the French Socialists as its First Secretary (Bit Stalinist, the PS's terminology... 'Leader of' is our equivalent) at 31% of both Socialists and civilians. Among PS members that woman Royal is close behind at 28%, and would make her the successor to her ex-husband. Maybe it is part of the settlement...

Only 18% of civilians want her running the show, while Martine 'Daughter of Jacques Delors' Aubry (C pauses to brandish crucifix, garlic etc) is third at 13% of civilians and 17% of Socialists. The rest are nowhere, although rather amusingly the likes of Moscovici and Dray - considerably older than some senior cabinet ministers in these parts - were being dubbed 'Young Turks' in a French item yesterday.

So, that would make Delanoë the kingmaker, but not the King - brief sidetrack, the odious Mitterand called the 5th Republic French Presidency 'a permanent coup d'etat', although I still prefer Antony Burgess's terming of the US system, 'A Tudor monarchy with telephones' - as they do not want him as El Presidente, but rather to give Dominique Strauss-Kahn, curently head of the IMF, a shot at the title (29% civs, 28% PS) and then Royal (29% PS, 20% civs). Delanoë limps into third (17% civilians, 19% PS). I am surprised that civilians were not keener on Royal - maybe her toe-curling utterances have ceased to be amusing.

Delanoë is an out gay man, and I do wonder whether La France Profonde just isn't ready for him, for which seems a little sad if he is good enough to lead Paris and good enough to lead the PS. Looking at previous First Secretaries, the deeply obscure Alain Savary was neither PM nor Pres, lurking as he did under the shade of the upas tree that was Mitterand, while Jospin, Mauroy, Fabius and Rocard all got a turn as PM. Henri Emmanuelli seems to have amounted to little and current incumbent François Holland has been behind the plough since 1997 and still hasn't turned over all the clods. And presumably never will.

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Blogger Obnoxio The Clown said... 5:56 pm

Well, he may never be a king, but he'll always be a queen! :o)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:59 am

Groan...  



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