Sarkozy: Mr. Lisée is disappointed


Thanks to Norman Spector for sending me a note pointing out this op-ed in Le Monde, in which Jean-François Lisée explains to the folks in France how disappointing Nicolas Sarkozy’s recent comments on Quebec separatism were.

I wrote, long ago in a now-defunct but fondly-remembered magazine named Saturday Night (sigh), that Lisée’s former boss Jacques Parizeau was wildly overoptimistic in his belief that France’s support for a Quebec attempting a contested secession would be of any practical use. So if a French president’s support would have been little help, I don’t think a French president’s skepticism represents more than a symbolic letdown. But symbolism is important, I suppose, especially in the absence of progress toward the sovereignty movement’s actual goal.

I have written enough criticism of Sarko that I am not going to be pretend to be over the moon simply because he said what I would have wanted a less erratic French president to say about Quebec. Very little that Sarkozy says is interesting or will last, so agreeing with him is not much more pleasant than disagreeing with him, because there seems to be no real basis for either his silliness or his occasional approximations of wisdom.


Sarkozy: Mr. Lisée is disappointed

  1. As in his current effort to be appointed to a position that doesn’t exist.

  2. Mr. Lisée is likewise disappointed that you failed to call him M Lisée.

    I, frankly, am not disappointed that monsieur is disappointed.

    Now Parizeau can be pissed at money, ethnics and Parisiens. So be it.

  3. It’s true that Sarkozy is erratic, but it’s also likely that future French presidents aren’t going to comment on this matter. Separatists have had their dream of French recognition for years precisely because the times for it has past, and therefore French politicians haven’t felt the need to comment on a matter that hasn’t shown any real life since 1995. It’s precisely because Sarkozy’s a bit weird that he’d dig this up to bury it for good. Now, instead of dwelling on de Gaulle’s words from forty years ago, they’ll have to dwell on Sarkozy’s words, which is probably a good reality check for everyone.

  4. Wells,

    I look at Sarkozy as part of the new generation in Geo-Politcs. Which I think PM Harper started, since 2006 we Had Harper,Sarkozy and Rudd(and Putin’s man). Soon to be Obama and Cameron…..

    What say you……

  5. I recall a Sheila Copps column in the Sun related to this subject.

  6. And yet, at the end of the day, the bottom line is that Mme. Sarkozy-Bruni is fantastic.

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