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Nicolas Sarkozy will soon run out of socialists to draw into his ever expanding rogues gallery of left-wing luminaries. With unerring accuracy he has managed to bring into his court some of the most troubling, troublesome, atheistic, anti-French, anti-western individuals ever assembled under one roof since the days of the KGB. Out of all the gifted and patriotic men who still live in France, he chooses those who will serve the cause of French decline, culturally and morally, if not economically.
I'm sure I'm exaggerating, and that these people all have some good qualities. The point is that he is mocking his own constituents with astounding vigor.
Le Salon Beige reports:
Openness to the Left continues unabated. Jacques Attali has agreed to head the commission on obstacles to growth. President Nicolas Sarkozy had announced the formation of this commission on June 20 and had ordered that it "evaluate all the obstacles to growth", notably the "piling up of regulations". This commission is to issue a report towards the end of November, after debating, in particular, the issue of Sunday as a work day, as a possible prelude to proposed legislation.
Economist and writer Attali was the special adviser to former President Mitterand from 1981 to 1990. A graduate of the ENA (National School of Administration), he founded the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and since 1998 has headed PlaNet Finance.
Le Salon Beige adds this addendum:
It is legitimate to be concerned about this appointment, because on the list of obstacles to growth one could find extended life expectancy. Jacques Attali has declared:
"I believe that in the very logic of the industrial system in which we find ourselves, the lengthening of life expectancy is no longer an objective desired by the logic of power. Once past 60-65 years of age, man lives longer than he produces and he costs society dearly. In truth, from society's point of view, it is preferable that the human machine stop suddenly rather than deteriorate progressively.
One could accept the idea of longer life expectancy on the condition that the elderly be made solvent, thus creating a market. For my part, as a socialist, I am objectively against longer life spans because it is a lure, a false problem. Euthanasia will be one of the essential instruments of future societies in any case."
Note: Mr. Attali, born in Algeria in 1943, is 64. Isn't it time for his human machinery to stop???
Besides all that, Wikipedia informs us of his unreliability and his penchant for distorting facts and rewriting history:
His book Verbatim was severely criticized by historians, political analysts and journalists, as well as by Françoise Carle, former collaborator of François Mitterand and Pierre Joxe, former minister. They fault him with apocryphal remarks, use of unverifiable documents, a lack of seriousness of purpose and even the use of notes taken by others.
Elie Wiesel and his publisher Odile Jacob accused Mr. Attali of using notes taken for the book of interviews between Weisel and Mitterand. Jack Lang Robert Badinter, Pierre Mauroy and Laurent Fabius (all prominent socialists) affirmed that in the first volume Jacques Attali had deformed their statements.
François Mitterand himself declared that his former adviser had "easy quotation marks", and that "he is perhaps more concerned about the number of readers than about historical truth."