Round One : B, R et S dans le New Yorker
Un long et bel article dans le New Yorker cette semaine, sur la campagne électorale française : Round One, The battle for France, by Jane Kramer.
I did not see Royal on this trip. She talks to reporters even less than she talks to other Socialists, and she is especially wary of the American press—perhaps because she has not decided what the proper attitude of a would-be French President toward the United States should be. When you call the headquarters, and ask to speak to the foreign-press secretary, you are switched to an intern from Sciences Po who says, “Pas possible” and hangs up fast.
Plus loin, et plus grave :
The real trouble with Sarkozy is that he is not demonstrably democratic. Few politicians are, but Sarkozy is at a disadvantage, having put in five highly visible years as an interior minister that included the month of rioting in the projects in 2005, and a brief resurgence of violence earlier this spring in Paris. He doesn’t pretend to listen to “the people.” When rules get in his way, he walks right over them, or he changes them.