Monday, March 22, 2010

While Paris burns, Sarkozy plays cards

Marc explains the news from France.

Nicolas Sarkozy took a big hit in yesterday's second round of regional elections. In continental France, he saved only Alsace for his party, the rest of the country giving a comfortable majority to the left.

And as is typical, normal, expected in France when the President loses an election, there will be a remaniement ministériel, a cabinet reshuffle. A few of the ministers that lost (and they all lost) will be sacked. Others will move from one ministry to another, in one of the regular games of musical chairs that so delight the French political press. Some government departments will be moved from one ministry to another. Ministries will change names. Millions will be spend changing the signage on government buildings, on business cards, on letterhead.

And nothing will really change. And that's how it's supposed to be in France.

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