May 6, 2006

Chirac Death Spiral

Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin will soon be history. Their government will limp to the finish line in scandal and disgrace. From the WaPo :

A burgeoning political scandal of alleged dirty tricks involving the cabinet's two top ministers has tainted the entire French government, pushing it to the brink of paralysis and collapse in the final year of President Jacques Chirac's administration...

..."The situation is extremely volatile," said Renaud Dehousse, director of the Center for European Studies at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris. "The government has lost any credibility whatsoever."

Maybe bottoming out politically will be good for the country. Sarkozy seems well positioned to be their next leader. Ed Morrissey on what he'll be up against:

Part of the problem is that the French people want more of what ails them in the first place. De Villepin tried to present an actual solution for youth unemployment by reducing the risk for businesses to take a chance on hiring them. Predictably, the very people who would benefit from this reduced risk screamed that they wanted lifetime sinecures with no conditions rather than jobs with expectations for performance. Being French, they protested until the government agreed to continue its interference in the employer-employee relationship, guaranteeing that businesses will avoid hiring the people who want no accountability for the quality of their work.

Posted by dan at May 6, 2006 11:08 PM