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The Real Sarko

By Jean-Christophe Mounicq - April 14, 2006 12:00 AM

PARIS -- On 27 March, when demonstrators still controlled the streets of Paris and the other principal cities of France, the French interior minister launched his presidential campaign at a big meeting in Douai. Some say Nicolas Sarkozy is obsessed with security and order. But really he is obsessed with becoming president of France. Anyone with a professional conscience might first try to succeed in his ministerial post before dreaming of higher functions. Not "Sarko."

With the ghettos rebelling and the explosion of crime and barbarity in France, "Sarko" knows his record as interior minister is even worse than his pitiful record as economy minister in the Raffarin government or secretary of state for the budget under Balladur. He also knows, as a veteran of the system, that he can count on the media. The journalists aren't looking any more assiduously for the real flea on Sarkozy's head than for the one on Laurent Fabius or Segolène Royal. Thus goes politics in France, with the media under control and often lying by omission.

The Paris demonstration against the first employment contract (known by its French acronym, CPE) of 28 March was the pretext for unleashing incredible violence. Throughout the demonstration "very well organized and mobile gangs of rioters struck repeatedly at the very heart of the demonstration and in public transport, attacking everyone in their path. These gangs, some at least 300 strong, turned to violent robbery with a barbarity never equaled," according to the communiqué of the CFTC Action Police union. For Le Figaro of 29 March this was: "Strong union security forces and the police made it possible to avoid violence and pillage during the march." Sleep in peace, brave people, Sarkozy and his journalist friends are taking care of you!

Foreign editorialists evoke an Argentine destiny for a France asphyxiated by its welfare state and its social laws, completely incapable of containing its rampant debts or getting its economy back on the right tracks. Television screens around the world show a France populated by barbarians who inflame the suburbs of the 300 largest cities when they do not attack the trains. The barbarians kill. They killed Jean-Claude Iryoas because he took a photo of a street lamp; they killed Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec because he put out a fire in a trash can; they ran over and let die Raphael Clin because he is a gendarme. The barbarians torture to death: they tortured Ilan Halimi because he is a Jew and his community must "pay;" they burned alive Sohane Benziane and Chaharazade Belayni; they stoned Ghofran Badaoui.

The interior minister lets the barbarians through the gates as he opens his electoral campaign. He paints himself as a providential savior. He goes so far as to suppress all references to the UMP during his meeting. As if he were not the president of this same party that has ruled in France for four years. As if he had no responsibility for the economic and security problems that envelop France.

"Sarko" has weak credibility. But journalists will always depict him as a pro-market, pro-order conservative, and his electorate will fall for it just as they fell for Giscard and Chirac.

As in the case of Jacques Chirac, you can tell from Sarkozy's speeches he will not reform France. Before 3,000 of his followers Sarkozy explains his method for "rupture", "compromise", and "taking up the social dialog." This will lead nowhere as the crypto-Marxist unions of civil servants will continue to block any reform.

The President of the UMP speaks to the mute centrists, to those who believe in the status quo, or think that the situation in France will be resolved by the intercession of the Holy Spirit. The Sarkozyite pretends to want change. He is neither ready for it nor does he really hope for it.

The status quo is not only unjust: it is no longer tenable. The French have no other solution but to mount a conservative revolution in support of freedom. They need a "Reagan-Giuliani" cocktail: significant tax and public spending reductions in order to get the economy moving again and offer hope to the young, as well as "zero tolerance" for those creating disorder. The CPE has one effect: Sarkozy has been unmasked. He is neither a man of order nor a reformer. The question remains open: who could make a conservative revolution in France?

The author is a TCS Daily contributor based in Paris.


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