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Macron in America

Share the post "Macron in America" The US media take an interest in France mainly when there is an election or a state visit. With Macron in the US right now, my views have been solicited by various media. Here is an article in Foreign Policy (forgive me: I am not responsible for the lurid title), and here is an interview with Slate.

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Form vs. Function

Share the post "Form vs. Function" For the second time in three days, President Macron, le pourfendeur de la présidence bavarde of his predecessor, sat down for a lengthy interview. Regarding the content of his discussion with journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel, I can repeat what I said in the previous post: Macron is brilliant at articulating his own point of view, which he defends by saying nothing about the strongest arguments that can be raised against...

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Also sprach Macron

Share the post "Also sprach Macron" The president, champion of la parole rare, emerged from his palace yesterday, just as le président bavard, as his successor has labeled him, published a book accusing the former of betrayal of both himself and the left (one has to be careful not to translate la trahison in this case as “treason,” a high crime of state–Hollande does not go quite that far in his denunciation of Macron, at least not yet, but he seems well on his way)....

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A la recherche de l’unité perdue

Share the post "A la recherche de l’unité perdue" A funny thing has happened to the French left. Jean-Luc Mélenchon realized his dream of destroying the PS, but thus far he hasn’t been able to put anything solid in its place. Now he has been outflanked by Olivier Besancenot, the mediagenic postman who a few years ago seemed on the verge of turning his Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste into what Mélenchon subsequently made of La France Insoumise: the (far) left alternative...

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An Opposition Emerges?

Share the post "An Opposition Emerges?" With the news that Stéphane Le Foll, le dernier vieux grognard du Hollandisme, has withdrawn from the contest to lead the Socialist Party out of the wilderness, it is now certain that Olivier Faure will become the new leader of the PS. Does it matter? The PS is generally described these days as moribund if not already dead. I have described it that way myself on this blog. So does it matter who leads the funeral cortège? Perhaps....

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Le Statut des Cheminots

Share the post "Le Statut des Cheminots" There has been much discussion, and much cant, in recent weeks about le statut des cheminots. Macron wants to change it. For this he has been accused by some in the unions, the media, and politics of seeking “to destroy a public service.” The reduced costs to the SNCF do not justify the move, some say, and therefore the real goal must be political: to strike at the very symbol of worker protections that define the French social...

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“Those who no longer have the energy to protest.”

Share the post "“Those who no longer have the energy to protest.”" As noted this morning on France Inter, Emmanuel Macron, who beat the records set by Jacques Chirac and François Hollande for time spent at the annual agricultural fair in Paris, was hooted by some in the crowd. But those who jeered didn’t worry him. It was rather those “who no longer have the energy to protest.” Indeed, Macron, with his usual shrewdness, recognizes that the success of his reforms to date...

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Philippot Launches His “Patriots”

Share the post "Philippot Launches His “Patriots”" Florian Philippot, formerly ubiquitous on the airwaves as the articulate front man for the Front National, became the scapegoat for the FN’s failure in the presidential. Things became so uncomfortable for him in the FN that he quit and formed his own movement, Les Patriotes. On Sunday in Arras he held an inaugural rally and set forth an initial program. Once the boiler plate is stripped away, it comes down to one thing:...

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Wauquiezisme: The Machiavellianism of Fools

Share the post "Wauquiezisme: The Machiavellianism of Fools" Antisemitism has been called “the socialism of fools.” By analogy, one might call Wauquiezisme “the Machiavellianism of fools.” Elsewhere on this site, the political theorist Hugo Drochon has an elegant essay on the concept of the “Machiavellian moment” as theorized by J. G. A. Pocock and reinterpreted by any number of other thinkers. Laurent Wauquiez, the recently elected leader of LR, seems to have concluded...

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