A Right To Excellence
Roselyne Bachelot (who often hyphenates her name Bachelot-Narquin, Narquin being her maiden name) was named Minister of Health, Youth and Sports by Nicolas Sarkozy on May 18. She was formerly Minister of Ecology from 2002-2004 under Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a position currently incorporated into the super-ministry of Jean-Louis Borloo. Libération published a short biography:
Roselyne Bachelot is a militant feminist, assistant general secretary of the UMP party since January 2006, and European deputy since 2004. A "social Gaullist", loyal to Jacques Chirac, then to Sarkozy, she chose to be discreet in her job as Minister of Ecology, having previously earned a reputation for speaking too freely and inappropriately.
She is a Doctor of Pharmacy, and served as general councillor from Maine-et-Loire from 1982 to 1988. A willfully iconoclastic feminist, and founder of the anti-sexist organization "Chiennes de garde" ("watchdogs", with dogs being written in the feminine form), she made a name for herself by being the only deputy of the "Right" to vote in favor of the PACS (civil union pact).
She was a member of the France-Iraq Friendship network during the days of Saddam Hussein, traveled several times to Bagdad and opposed the sanctions imposed on Iraq after the first Gulf War in 1991.
Mme Bachelot is said to be favorable to gay marriage and adoption and insists that the UMP party can evolve.
Note: By all signs it doesn't have far to go.
According to a short post from Yves Daoudal, Mme Bachelot is taking the notion of "rights" to a new high (or should I say low?)
Before the National Youth Council holding its 9th annual summer seminars in Strasbourg, Roselyne Bachelot declared that among the major priorities of her policies for youth will be a "right to an education and to life-long job training", a "right to excellence" in education, a "right to a second chance" (!!!) and a "right to a first job"...
She did not specify whether or not these rights would be "inalienable"...
Nor did she indicate if these rights had corresponding responsibilities...
Responsibilities? Monsieur Daoudal, vous blaguez, n'est-ce pas?
Actually, she DID say something about responsibility, as reported by 20 Minutes:
The minister also stated her desire to encourage youth to become involved in organizations. She would do this through the development of volunteerism and training in organizational leadership in order to "support the young in learning to take responsibilities."
According to Mme Bachelot, this volunteerism would entitle the person to job training, which would be taken into account in their college or professional school curriculum, thanks to progress reports "noted in a civic booklet".
It sounds like she's saying that the young person who volunteers to work in some kind of non-profit organization will be given grades (something like gold stars, perhaps?) that will be placed in a little book which he will turn over to the university officials for... what? For "credit?"
Can you imagine the toughs of the ghettoes with their little booklets and their good marks and their "right to excellence"?
The lady is as daft as any of Sarko's gang.