Friday, May 18, 2007
The Price Of Ambition
I've never been particularly impressed with Bernard Kouchner, despite him being one of the most popular political figures among the French. He's always struck me as something of a sycophant, and an ambitious one to boot. Which might explain why he was willing to campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy up until two weeks ago, and accept a position in his government as Foreign Minister today.
Sarkozy had talked about naming Socialists to his government as a way of proving his willingness to seek bi-partisan solutions. Now he's got one, but not for long: As promised last week by François Hollande, Secretary General of the Socialist Party, expulsion proceedings for Kouchner have already been initiated.
It's possible that Kouchner might last at Quai d'Orsay. But if he doesn't, he's finished politically. Quite a gamble for someone who entertained presidential aspirations as recently as last year.