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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another


Now he can irritate the French

Chirac, reeling from the setbacks in the French regional elections - where the socialists, communists and greens rose as one to oppose any sort of economic or social realism - has moved his incredibly irritating Foreign Minister, de Villepin.
Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin will move to the post of interior minister with EU commissioner Michel Barnier to replace him, Chirac's office announced Wednesday.
While this is good news for the world at large, the bad news is that his new job puts Villepin in charge of anti-terrorism in France. Were I French this would not fill me with confidence.

Update: Charles over at Little Green Footballs writes:
Sarkozy was responsible for what little backbone the French had in their dealings with the radical unassimilated elements of their Muslim immigrants. De Villepin is very unlikely to show the same spine; the appeasement is going to get worse. The French ban on Islamic headscarves in school will be the first to fall.