An American observer comments on French politics.
Don't see it that way. It was a laudable effort in an admittedly terrible campaign. I don't think she could have built a good and successful campaign around such a speech, but I do believe there is room in an anti-racist and anti-sexist party for wearing ethnic, racial and gender slurs as a badge of honor.
Elle est folle
The whole event was a bit depressing. After Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Cecile Duflot did an admirable job of getting the crowd revved up, Joly broke the momentum by leaving for ten minutes to greet the overflow crowd. She then returned to deliver a speech that successfully dissipated most of the remaining energy in the Cirque d'Hiver (an odd choice of venue to my US political sensibilities). I wouldn't say it was a disaster--these were, after all, her supporters--but it wasn't inspiring, and if you didn't know anything about their nominating process, you couldn't help but wonder why the Greens wouldn't have run one of the other two. Or Hulot.
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