French finance minister update - a Revolution is about to break out here

Typing this as I'm listening to the news.

Get a load of this:

Hervé Gaymard, who publicly stated 2 days ago: "I have always lived humbly. I do not have money, Obviously if I wasn't the son of a shoemaker, if I was a member of the bourgeoisie, I wouldn't have any housing problem. I would own my own apartment and we wouldn't have this affair" has now been found to own:

1. A large apartment right in the center of Paris
2. A luxurious house in Savoie (Alpes region near Switzerland)
3. Another luxurious house in Bretagne (region north west in the country)

Add to this the fact he's got a 14,000 euros/month apartment paid by the taxpayers, and anybody can immediately see the man has a HUGE housing problem (as well as being poor and having no money of course).

He further states that:

"when he moved into his 600 square meter apartment on the Champs Elysées, he had no idea of how expensive the rent was."

Right... lemme try get a concept of this:

- Our FINANCE minister, who owns a 200 square meter apartment on Boulevard Saint Germain and rents it out at the modest amount of 2,300 euros/month (which by the way , to give you a sense of figures, is twice the minimum wage), has NO IDEA what an apartment 3 times the size in an area 10 times more expensive would cost.

- Our FINANCE minister, not only has NO CLUE how much rents go for in this country (except of course when it comes down to pocketing the 2,300 euros/month), he does not need to remedy to his total ignorance of financial matters, and naturally does not even ASK how much his palace will cost the taxpayer.

Wow! How much more qualified can one get to become finance minister in France?

Anybody out there who can't read, can't count and can't get a job? Don't worry, you are the perfect candidate for finance minister of the Raffarin government!

Oh man, another revolution is about to hit this country, and I hope it wipes this right wing gov to the last asshole. This is just un-fuckin'-believable.


I just saw on the 8:00 news that Gaymard has been fired and a new finance minister has been appointed.  

Posted by Dianne
2/25/2005 08:45:00 pm  
"Gaymard has been fired and a new finance minister has been appointed ",

Wow! You mean to say they've found someone else who can't read nor count? Please tell me his name is not GW Bush... 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 09:27:00 pm  
That's an unbelievable situation. I know 10 year old kids that would recognize that as a conflict of interest. What was he thinking?

I just read on CNN that he gave his 'resignation' and he was quoted as saying "I am aware of having made blunders and a serious error of judgement concerning the conditions of my official accommodation" 

Posted by Jim
2/25/2005 11:24:00 pm  
"he gave his 'resignation' and  "...

You bet Jim, the entire thing happened tonight live as we were watching the news. Within 2 hours, the official stand went from Raffarin saying "no way is Gaymard going to even be hinted to resign" to "you're fired".

And if Chirac and Raffarin hadn't hurriedly had an emergency meeting, right now at 0:23am the entire city of Paris would be burning from one end to the other like in May 1968.

And while it may sound odd, this is actually a shame it didn't happen. It would have at last castigated our apathic population into realizing we have a right wing gov who doesn't even have the excuse of justifying its existence by making the economy prosper and the unemployment decrease - quite the opposite, as we learned tonight we have now reached the wonderful 10% mark. Hurray! Thank you Gaymard!

Well, that's it from me this evening, friends from all around this planet... 

Posted by WhyNot
2/26/2005 12:47:00 am  
"Wow! You mean to say they've found someone else who can't read nor count? Please tell me his name is not GW Bush...  "

Chirac nominated France Telecom chief executive, Thierry Breton, as the country's new finance minister. Breton, 50, has a reputation as a corporate turnaround specialist. Before joining France Telecom, he ran electronics company Thomson Multimedia and also served as an executive for French computer company Groupe Bull. He's widely admired for having steered then state-run France Telecom out of a debt crisis in 2002.

How many scandals has this party seen? Hopefully the Socialist Party will give us a good man or woman in the next election that the people will be able to get behind. I like Ségolène Royal.
It's time for women to have a chance at running things not just in France but around the world.

Posted by Dianne
2/27/2005 10:45:00 am  
"It's time for women to have a chance at running things  ",

I couldn't agree more. And Ségolène is one hell of a woman. 

Posted by WhyNot
2/27/2005 11:35:00 am  



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