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Thursday, 17 May 2012
ladies and gentlemen, introducing...
photo Le Monde
the new government of France, under Prime Minister Ayrault (who?), looks like this, well, some of it does. There are 34 ministers, 17 of them women. Pretty good going, but Sarko's government looked like this at first, and it didn't last. But hostilities have already kicked off. Martine Aubry, who wanted to be prime minister and is not, has declined to be in government. She remains first secretary of the party, and as such has control over selections and nominations for constituencies. The parliamentary elections are on 10th and 17th June, so she has moved fast, putting one of her own in the constituency of the Somme and deselecting one of Hollande's most loyal lieutenants - and so it goes. Constituencies in France do not have names but numbers - we live in Strasbourg constituency no. 1 - which has taken some getting used to. Another difficulty for the parliamentary elections is that the Parti Socialiste is in partnership with the Greens, and so must deselect some of its candidates and replace them with Greens. This is not going down well. Also, those appointed to government have been told that if they are candidates for parliament they will lose their ministerial jobs if defeated at the election - and there I was thinking that separation of powers was not properly understood in the UK. Sigh.
But people seem to be prepared to give Hollande a fair go, although without much enthusiasm. That's pretty much how I feel too.