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  •  Nice diary. (2+ / 0-)
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    Are you a subscriber to TV5?  That's pretty much how I get French news.  That and the Internet.  

    Today I gorged on a juicy retelling of the Segolène Royal-Valérie Trierweiller soap opera in the new edition of Vanity Fair.  There is nothing like a scandal to take one's mind off the essentials, nest-ce pas?

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:11:29 PM PST

    •  I actually don't have a TV (4+ / 0-)
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      I just read French newspapers as avidly as I read American ones and I of course get the gossip on-the-ground from my mom. I also listen to French radio when I can. Radio is a much much more popular and relevant medium in France than here.

      I'd suggest you check out the BFMTV website if you want more. It streams for free online and it is the highest rated cable news network in France.

      And yeah my mom also loves that triangle. I have to imagine there is something amazing about Hollande that we don't see because I find it hard to believe he is really worth these two gorgeous women going at it for (and acting stupid!). But matters of the heart ...

      •  I get podcasts from RFI and Europe1 (0+ / 0-)

        but don't know BFMTV.  Will check it out.  Thanks.  

        Totally agree about Hollande...what could possibly be his charm?  He seems so bland, so colorless, une veritable tête de croque-mort.  Right now he is being very ill served by La Trierweiller and doesn't seem able to do anything to stop it.

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:11:43 PM PST

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        •  He does have a nice sense of humor (2+ / 0-)
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          I don't like him, either personally or politically but he is good-humored. Guess he must also be awesome in the sack.

          In his defense, he did fall for both women so he must have a taste for strong women in the first place so not sure he is that bothered that Trierweiler is very independent. Royal "stealing" the Presidential nomination from him was not exactly submissive either.

          He does have his ways of tweaking his partner though: in a recent meeting with Royal (she is the head of a region and he was meeting all of them) he commented to some of the people attending that Royal was "looking really beautiful today". So either he is an asshole (who says that of his ex when he knows it will come back to his current Miss?) or he was subtly getting back at her for that infamous Tweet.

          •  I like your approach: (2+ / 0-)
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            "a taste for strong women."  That makes me think upon him in a much kindlier fashion!  


            It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

            by Radiowalla on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:36:54 PM PST

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          •  Hollande May be Underestimated (1+ / 0-)
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            He very well may be a Machiavellian savant as many in Paris believe he was behind DSK's meltdown which gave Hollande the opening he needed to be elected. And he may have been behind his girlfriend's tweet to guarantee Royal wasnt to be elected and President of the Assembly.

            If the aforementioned are true; Hollande may very well be underestimated and his perception problems may be due to the financial sector controlled media not liking what Hollande promised during the campaign he would do, raising the taxes on the rich.

            Frankly if he only came through on one promise-the hiring of many more teachers; that would be enough for many to reelect him.

            For the critics to have the knives out for him already after being in office for four months; is foolish as if he isnt machiavellian-then he is the luckiest politician in France and his luck could carry him to reelection.

            •  I don't buy that theory at all (0+ / 0-)

              But as I said, I don't like him. I do believe he is as a mediocre as people now realize he is and I am no rightist.
              We can disagree on our approach to him but one thing I can say for sure is the idea he had anything to do about what happened to DSK is ridiculous.  I can emphatically say it didn't happen, the same way than Obama was not born in Kenya

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