On Harry Truman’s desk was a sign which read “The Buck Stops Here”. Is it just an American thing to believe that those at the top are ultimately responsible for what their organizations and people do? In France, “passing the buck” seems to be the motto.
Everywhere Thierry Breton goes the little guys lose their shirts and his already rich friends get richer. The latest scandal concerns a massive insider trading conspiracy at the European Aeronautics and Defense giant EADS.
When the new interactive web site Rue89 broke the story that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Cecilia did not vote in the second round of Presidential elections, the story was not that the woman did not back her husband. For Rue89, like most of the French press, the story was the news was censored in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) by its wealthy owner, a close friend of the President.
On October 26, 2006, six kids, all under 18, all from immigrant families, boarded a crowded bus in Marseille, threw gasoline and lit a match. A Senegalese student did not get out in time and was burned over 60% of her body. She is still in hospital. The trial opens next week.
I was wrong. If there was one thing I thought Sarkozy could not radically change, it was French Foreign Policy.
There are some 4.2 million closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in Britain. That is one for every 14 people. You are literally filmed hundreds of times every day in London.
The French government wants to see more of its citizens too. To do this, Interior Minister, Michèle Aliot Marie, says she will triple the number of cameras now in place.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has been in power for 100 days and I still have not figured out how his economic policies are going to create jobs and spark economic growth.