Monday, November 29, 2004

French Values

Le Monde writes about the election of Nicholas Sarkozy to be head of the UMP, Chirac's party. Le Monde argues that the last 30 years has been spent simply in search of power and that now Sarkozy's task is to find ideas. Sarkozy, they speculate, will push values, and traditional values at that. This will allow the party to take a stand on integration (read: opposing Muslims) and other divisive social issues. Sound familiar? The interesting difference is that the UMP is perceived to have lacked ideas, whereas Republican success until recently was perceived to be built on ideas from the vast think tank complex. Odd then that Chirac's government was so vilified by the American Right: they share so much...

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