Monday, May 23, 2011
23 May 2011: News of the day
Sarkozy's MPs are unhappy with their formerly beloved Prime Minister, who for some reason has managed to stick around at every government cabinet reshuffle. Usually Prime Ministers take the heat for the President and get replaced regularly... they are considered "fuses" that blow to protect the President. But partly because he has been more popular than Sarkozy, who has sought the exposure usually taken on by the Prime Minister, Fillon has stuck around. Now MPs are finally getting tired of him, because he doesn't listen to their concerns or consult them. This is amusing, because the French parliament is mostly a decorative make-work place that rubber stamps the cabinet's bills. Now they want some consideration! A sore subject at the moment is the government's decision to remove the automatic radar gun warning signs.
Are the protests in Madrid getting any attention where you are?
The French post office used to run the telegraphs and phone system, before the telegraph died and the phone system was spun off, then privatized, then opened to competition. Now La Poste is getting into phones again as a MVNO in partnership with SFR.
French schoolchildren provide all their school supplies. To help keep down the costs for parents, a list of essential items was negotiated with major retailers and the Ministry of Education. But no more! The two parties couldn't agree on including satchels among the essentials (they can always use garbage bags, after all!).
Cannes is over, time for Roland Garros to begin! And when that's over, we'll have a couple of weeks before being expected to care about the Tour de France.