Ma tribune dans le Huffington Post reprise par The Economist
Publié vendredi 6 avril 2012 par Gaspard.
The final word goes to Gaspard Koenig, who is currently running for election in London as a Liberal candidate for a French overseas constituency at June’s legislative election, and was formerly speechwriter for Christine Lagarde. He has just posted a thoughtful piece, also on The Huffington Post French site, about the rejection of liberalism in France.
Noting the absence of liberal arguments in the French debate, he says that “Since the crushing failure of Alain Madelin at the 2002 presidential elections, [liberals in France] scarcely dare show their face.” Today, in his view, most presidential candidates, who insist that they do support deficit reduction, are actually saying:
Let’s move forward more slowly towards the precipice, but whatever we do let’s not change direction…How is it possible to disagree with The Economist, whose title last week was “France in Denial”.
Mr Koenig goes on to make a case so seldom heard in political debate in France, which is the need « to promote entrepreneurs by all means (including fiscal policy), to open regulated professions (such as taxis) to competition, and to simplify a rigid and Kafkaesque labour code (which has grown from 2,300 pages in 2000 to 3,000 today!). »
He ends with a nice quote from Georges Pompidou: “Stop annoying the French! Let them live a little and you will see that everything will be better!”