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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mind your political language - French style

Choice words from two leading lights of France's opposition centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (Union for a Popular Movement, UMP) over the past couple of days.

One a former president of the party - and the country come to that.

The other currently holding the top job within the party after winning that infamous battle last year, and perhaps just a little too keen on following his predecessor's political more senses than one apparently.

No prizes for guessing who the true blue pair are: Nicolas Sarkozy and Jean-François Copé.

Jean-François Cope in Nimes (screenshot from TF1 report)

Sarkozy is off to Las Vegas this week.

No he's not going to play the slots.

Rather he has been invited to address the SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference, a high level gab fest organised by the New York based investment fund and "committed to facilitating balanced discussions and debates on macro-economic trends, geo-political events and alternative investment opportunities within the context of a dynamic global economy" and allowing its international attendees to "to connect with global leaders and network with industry peers."

Sounds like fun.

At least he'll be moving and shaking it with the very "best".

But before Sarkozy left, he had a few things to say to those closest to him, if a piece which the national daily Aujuourd'hui en France-Le Parisien has entitled "The warm up for Sarkozy in Las Vegas" is to believed, about the state of the country and the performance of some French politicians.

Not without surprise Sarkozy describes the current French president, François Hollande, as "crap".

"The socialist government is collapsing in on itself and I am extremely worried," Sarkozy reportedly told his confidants who seemed only to happy to "share" them with the paper.

And he was also amazed that the prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, admitted a couple of months ago that one of his (junior) ministers, Arnaud Montebourg, had insulted him over the 'phone with his...pardon the French..."Tu fais chier la terre entière avec ton aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, tu gères la France comme le conseil municipal de Nantes."

More evidence for Sarkozy that Hollande was simply "lacking authority".

Speaking of prime ministers, Sarkozy had less than tender words for François Fillon, the man he views as having been his "employee" during his five years in office.

"C'est un Loser," he said.

How charmingly refreshing from the man who made the expression "Casse-toi, pauv' con !" internationally famous back in 2008 and apparently still thinks perhaps he'll be "obliged to return".

He clearly hasn't lost his touch.

So what's Copé up to?

Well it looks as though he has been reaching for the same thesaurus to find suitably evocative expressions with which to get his point across.

Speaking to the party faithful in the French city of Nimes on Monday to mark the occasion of what he liked to refer to as "the anniversary of Hollande's failure" since taking office, Copé offered a word of advice in between a generous sprinkling of "cons" including the newly-coined prediction of a "printemps des cons".

"Il faut arrêter d'emmerder les français," he said.

Ah politics. Such a rich and varied language all of its own.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm always surprised at how uninspiring French politicians are. The same faces for so many years... The country deserves new politicians, young fresh blood! And not Marine Lepen... Though i hear lots of people at te market praising her energy... I'm worried.


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