April 30, 2006


France speculates on PM's future (Andre Vornic, 4/30/06, BBC News)

There is widespread speculation in France that the prime minister might be forced to resign over his implication in a long-running legal case.

A military official told magistrates Dominique De Villepin ordered him to probe corruption allegations against Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

The prime minister denies targeting his government rival, who has since been cleared in the case.

But the charge is a further blow after his failure to reform labour markets.

It may be possible to argue that France isn't objectively an enemy of the United States, but it's not possible to argue that Mr. de Villepin isn't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2006 9:45 AM

On to the 6th Republic - maybe they'll get it right THIS time.


I love it, they're finally getting what they deserve.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 30, 2006 12:14 PM

Well, he certainly is hostile to the United States, but I don't see how stabbing his rival in the back establishes that. And I was for the first time impressed by de Villepin when he tried to introduce the labor reform measure. Of course, he did it incompetently, but at least he tried.

Posted by: pj at April 30, 2006 12:16 PM

He bailed.

Posted by: oj at April 30, 2006 1:46 PM

Chirac had already defeated it when he gave up. In the French "Republic", the President has a veto.

It's hard to tell who's more irresponsible, France's leaders or citoyens. But Chirac has to be the worst. De Villepin is a lightweight.

Posted by: pj at April 30, 2006 1:59 PM

if he were serious he'd precipitate a constitutional crisis. He's not a serious guy.

Posted by: oj at April 30, 2006 2:13 PM


The pure fun of it was trying to guess how long it would take before the French government inevitably caved. Weeks? Days?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 30, 2006 10:29 PM