Reuniting Europe

Dominique Strauss Kahn’s career is finished, in the IMF and in his native France, whatever the outcome of the US court.

I was watching French television yesterday and I saw that the mainstream politicians in France prefer to speak about the ‘presumption of innocence’ and that we should wait ‘until facts are established’.

Only Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, said his (presumed) candidacy for the French presidency was now shelved.

Populist leaders appear to be the only ones which speak what normal people think.

And mainstream politicians make politically correct statements, which are in fact indigestible.

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  1. let me observe that French ‘mainstream’ politicians respect, in their statements, the fundamental principles of our democratic states based on the rule of law..

  2. independently of the DSK case (or non-case, depending on the outcome of the Court), I am surprised to read that the senior editor of a forum that promotes Europe and its values is linking his personal opinion with the one of populist leaders, and even more shocking, assumes that this opinion corresponds to what ‘normal people’ think

  3. Dear Ralph,
    What would be the politically correct line?
    I can only say that in spite of having jumped on the bandwagon, Marine Le Pen doesn’t appear to enjoy an increased support. I’m happy for that.
    My point which I try to make from time to time, sometimes not very successfully, is that populists are often much better communicators.
    Kind regards,

  4. In lights of recent developments, I admit that I was too quick to say that DSK is ‘finished’. But precisely because many people tought like me, he was finished as INF chief.

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