French politics has its downsides – the domination of an ENA-educated elite being the principal among them – but la politique ÃƒÂ la franÃƒÂ§aise has normally managed to avoid the more vulgar approach typified in the UK and especially the USA. Not so for the 2007 Presidential election it seems. First of all, Nicolas Sarkozy wrote a book that became a best seller, talking about his private life and his marital difficulties [BBC here]. Then Socialist presidential hopeful Segolene Royal did not use France’s strict privacy laws after a magazine printed pictures of her on a beach [CNN here]. And now today the BBC is reporting here that Sarkozy’s party, the UMP, is distributing condoms and flipflops to people on French beaches, encouraging them to have a good time. The flipflops apparently leave a UMP footprint in the sand. If people do use these condoms, I suppose it gives new meaning to the phrase Nicolas Sarkozy me protege…
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You need 'tough criminality checks' to replace the EU security systems we fall out of after no deal.
Without SIS II and ECRIS we won't automatically know if people a) have criminal record in EU or b) are wanted.
So this is presented as toughening up, but it's not. https://t.co/0eu6XSLbM7
As details of when Yellowhammer report was drafted emerge, it occurs to me that, since Kwarteng was Brexit minister from November 2018, he would almost certainly be one of the ministers responsible for it. So, he is literally trying to discredit his own work as “scaremongering”. https://t.co/9Bt3ac2MDW
Operation Yellowhammer report is just project fear and should be ignored, insists government that wrote it.
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