June 17, 2007


Election cements control by Sarkozy (Elaine Sciolino, June 17, 2007, NY Times)

[T]he election was the first time in 29 years that a governing party has retained its majority in the lower house of parliament.

The victory by the "blue wave," as the political power of the right has been called, gives Sarkozy a mandate to push through his ambitious program to cut taxes, reinvigorate the economy, strip some labor protections, slash unemployment, impose curbs on immigration and make France more competitive globally.

In his one month since assuming office, Sarkozy has proved he intends to be both a nonstop and an unstoppable president. At home, he has shown signs of wanting to expand the power of the presidency, usurping some of the functions that traditionally have been carried out by the prime minister.

He has ordered a special summer session of the new Parliament (when much of the country is on vacation and not inclined to protest in the streets) to immediately consider his first set of bills on taxes, labor rules, universities, immigration and crime.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2007 3:20 PM

How long before they claim his election is the end of democracy as we know it?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 17, 2007 6:37 PM

I'm sure that's already happened. I'm wondering how long until nationwide strikes and violence in the streets, because you know that'll happen if he gets even a fifth of what he wants.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 17, 2007 11:47 PM

Perhaps the law breakers will be tossed in jail where they can cool their heels and serve as an example of what happens when the adults are in charge. Is Devil Island still in French hands?

Posted by: erp at June 18, 2007 7:02 AM

Yes, but if the lawbreakers are the unions who run the railroads, drive the trucks, and teach in the schools, they'll need much bigger jails.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 18, 2007 12:25 PM

Those immense concrete block high rises which now house generations of pied-noirs as welfare residents can easily be converted to prisons. Give the residents a couple of months to vacate and then start incarcerating the baddies.

Posted by: erp at June 18, 2007 1:50 PM

erp, you mean harkis, right; one assumes the peid noir are less into welfare.

Posted by: NARCISO at June 18, 2007 7:49 PM

Nar - whatever ...

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2007 9:10 PM