Wednesday, October 29, 2014
French non-Cultural minister outdoes Palin
"Barbarism is here," declared one French writer, joining a chorus of voices for her resignation.
My thoughts immediately went (unfortunately) to Sarah Palin, who was similarly caught with her pantalons down, so to speak, when she couldn't name, well, anything, including the name of a newspaper she reads. At least Pellerin didn't try to deflect the embarrassment with charges of "gotcha journalism." (Hmm, how do you say that in French?)
It's temping to poke fun at the French for this indignation, but the real point is that the bumbling President Holland has named a mere bureaucrat who has risen through the ranks of French bureaucracy (starting with university) to an office charged with the nation's culture. Judging by the photo above, perhaps Ministry of Fashion would've been a better fit.