Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, July 02, 2003


French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Tuesday that his country would be "in paradise" if it weren't for the Socialists, a remark that triggered an angry demand that France's president disavow him.

The center-right prime minister quickly sent his "regrets" for the quip, made during a speech in Strasbourg - a day before the French parliament votes on a censure motion filed Saturday by the Socialist Party.

The incident was bound to embitter Wednesday's parliamentary session even though there was almost no chance that the vote would threaten Raffarin's government, which has a huge majority in the 577-seat National Assembly.

"On its road to paradise, France is but in purgatory since we still have the Socialists," Raffarin said during a visit to Strasbourg.

It was the second time in weeks that Raffarin made a disparaging remark about the Socialists, whom he accused in June of "preferring their party to their country."

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