Remember the “march” of political leaders in Paris a couple of days ago. Hollande, Merkle, and the rest marching in solidarity with each other and the people of France against the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hedbo?
This is the image which we all saw.
This is what it looked like from a wider angle however.
The French are a strange people. They like their bread. They like their wine. They like their state. But they often don’t like their government.
If President Obama is feeling a bit blue about things these days he should cast his gaze out across the Atlantic to Paris. Obama, as bad as it is is still 3 times more popular than Hollande.
By Rick Ackerman
Europe’s all-too-predictable relapse into recession is gathering force, threatening not only the pipe dream of economic and political unity, but eroding grandiose illusions that have helped prop up the world’s financial house of cards. The unwillingness of France in particular to play by the EU’s — i.e., Germany’s — rules appears to have doomed the EU dream. The idea of a borderless Europe bound by a common currency and a shared desire to forever banish war from the Continent was a lofty one, but it was mired from the start in deeply rooted political animosities, grass-roots skepticism and bureaucratic overreach. Now these problems, along with a great many others, have turned the EU project into a Tower of Babel. A million pages of meticulously codified EU rules might as well have been written in cuneiform, so inscrutable and arcane have they become.
So not only is this guy a bumbling executive he might also be a jerk. (Not unusual for heads of state of course.) According to his ex wife (not always the most trustworthy source it must be noted) Hollande in private refers to the poor as the “toothless.”
Apparently at least $500,000.
From the Washington Examiner.
Click here for the article.
The French Socialists also want to tax cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices on which people watch moving images.
How is it that the entertainment industry, be it in Hollywood or Paris or Bollywood, always seems to get special treatment?
My theory is that politicians just like getting invited to parties with movie stars.
An interesting essay on where our definition of “economic growth” comes from. It is a highly manipulated term.
Vive le France? Well, one of the reasons there is less “vive” in France these days is because of asinine policies such as the one imposed by France’s current Socialist government which is highlighted below.
The euro was originally created as a counter balance to the US dollar. The yen was in the end too small to effectively challenge the greenback and China had not yet come roaring onto the world stage. The goal was to remove the US currency’s sole “reserve currency” status.