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Thursday, March 18, 2010

MORE STRAWS IN THE WIND -- INTERNATIONAL EDITION

Most of you will recall, I imagine, that in the last French presidential elections, the Socialists got creamed, and Sarkozy took the office back for the right. France is now in the midst of regional elections [there are two rounds -- March 14 and March 21], and a coalition of left parties -- two socialist, one green -- is poised to win big. My own arrondisement here in Paris, the Fifth, had the largest turnout, and gave the left a pretty good victory in the first round. Paris itself has a gay socialist mayor, and the city is of course the most beautiful, most people friendly place in the world.

On a totally unrelated matter, I see that Dennis Kucinich has decided to vote for the health care reform package this time around. Apparently Dennis got the message that his groupies were not amused by his announced willingness to sink the bill. I think it is, at long last, going to pass, and when it does, the political climate in America will, overnight, change completely.

Yesterday evening, I essayed truite amandine for the first time in my cooking career. The two trout turned out perfectly, and combined with carmelized courgettes and eschallottes [zucchini and shallots], made a lovely simple meal. Tonight I shall go easy on myself and prepare some paupiettes provencale made by the local butcher. With a perfectly drinkable Beaume de Venise for me and a nice Sancerre blanc sec for Susie, it should do nicely.


3 comments:

ajrosa said...

Wow, I never knew you were such a chef. Impressed!! Yes, it does look like Kucinich is rightly going to cave to political pressure, but I'm not as convinced as you that passage of this reform will change the political climate of the country for the better.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

One of the beneficial consequences of writing a blog is that when you are wrong, as I may be, the whole world can see it. I will not promise to eat crow, but I could manage pigeon!

Ann said...

Please explain more about the likely victory of the left in France. Given the austerity budget required to defend the euro, and the prospects of bailing out Greece, I would expect that the right wing would be gaining strength.

And the debate about balancing the public budget is quite lively here as well, as you know very well from Krugman's columns.

(O.K. What are paupiettes?)