Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mr. Sarkozy, or Monsieur Nixon

Le Canard Enchaîné, the same paper that revealed a Les renseignements généraux (RG) investigation into Royal's environment adviser Bruno Rebelle, is set to reveal tomorrow that this same police intelligence organization was ordered in November 2006 to investigate the assets of Segolene Royal. This same information prompted the internet rumors in January, which circulated that Royal and her partner Francois Hollande had been avoiding the wealth tax, which kicks in when assets reach roughly US$1 million.

If true, and if it is found that Sarkozy knew of this previously, it has the potential to seriously damage Sarkozy's chances, even as he gains in the polls. This kind of abuse of power is what Royal has attempted to contrast with, and such an allegations would certainly make that easier. Even if he didn't know directly, this inquiry was conducted after Royal was nominated by the Socialist Party, meaning that a boundary was clearly crossed that shouldn't have.

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Ben said...

Does anyone know who is managing her campaign? It seems like he is talking to Scott Howell and she is playing softball.

Boz said...

Well playing hardball is fine, so long as you don't break the law. As for Segolene, her campaign has been remarkably successful in the internet arena, but in the traditional realm of public appearances and carefully worded statements, it's been rather pathetic. I don't know who's running her campaign, but considering all of her interview gaffes, you can bet it's not one of Hillary Clinton's advisers!