Politique Francais

Yesterday, Scotty and I were riding our bikes down the Rue Monge when we spotted a whole bunch of TV camera crews and important looking people. So, naturally, we stopped. Ends up we were in the middle of the who’s who of French Socialist leaders. As it was the evening before Hollande is sworn in as president of France, everyone seemed quite happy. We were able to get right in the middle of the reporters and politicians–security was surprisingly minimal, mainly consisting of tough looking scruffy guys in street clothes carrying walkie-talkies.

The power players.

Quite a few people were gathered outside a government building where they had apparently been meeting. Naturally, they then proceeded to the café across the street where they enjoyed some apéritif, smoked some cigarettes, and preened for the cameras.

Café St. Victor seems to be a popular place for the Socialists.

We hung out a bit and were able to see some of the presumed cabinet appointees of the new president.

MP Jean-Marc Ayrault – tipped to be Holland’s choice for Prime Minister

Manuel Valls (in grey tie), current MP, presumed nominee for Secretary of the Interior

Stéphane Le Foll, French Socialist MP

Another guy who the reporters were quite interested in interviewing. But despite, my best efforts, I cannot identify him.

It was quite interesting. You could definitely tell the most celebrated politicians – they were immaculately groomed, wore expensive custom suits, and nearly all had a tan…not really what I expected of the Socialists. Granted, as an American, my exposure has been limited, but I would have expected them to be a bit more rumpled, hair askew, unconcerned with things as trivial as personal appearance. Maybe looking a bit more academic and a bit less GQ. But, I have to remember, this is France and even the Socialists like a good manicure.

If you’re a nerd like me and you want to read a bit more about these dudes, here’s some wikipedia links. Not the best source, but a good introduction to the world of French politics.

UPDATE: Yes, Jean-Marc Ayrault has been appointed Prime Minister…

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Manuel Valls

Stéphane Le Foll

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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2 Responses to Politique Francais

  1. zelmare says:

    Sounds exciting. 🙂

  2. cynthiaclairebruni says:

    Thanks for the bird’s eye view of the politicos (and the “preeners”)!

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