Skip to comments.Right-thinking French woman plots revolution
Posted on 06/18/2006 7:52:44 AM PDT by aculeus
AN ambitious young Frenchwoman whose fight against trade unions has earned her the nickname Mademoiselle Thatcher is to stand for parliament at the start of a political career which she hopes will revolutionise France.
If elected next year, Sabine Herold, the darling of the French right, will become the countrys youngest MP so far at the age of 25.
In March, Herold helped to launch Liberal Alternative, a political party that already has representatives in 150 French towns and cities. She hopes that it will soon have several MPs.
People are hungry for change, she said in an interview last week. But none of the traditional parties on the left or the right offers any prospect for a break with the past. We want to create a new generation of politicians to be able to change France.
She certainly does not lack confidence. As a 21-year-old student Herold was catapulted into the limelight after leading a rally against the unions which had paralysed the country in 2003 in one of its many bouts of discontent.
I like what Margaret Thatcher did in Britain, she acknowledged, noting that Frances unions still enjoy the disruptive power that has not been seen in Britain for more than two decades. The unions in this country should be made more accountable. They are not even obliged to reveal the source of their funding.
In her view, neither of the main candidates in next years presidential election will be able to shake France out of its stagnation and energise its outmoded economy.
No matter how much Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative interior minister and most likely candidate for the centre-right, promises a rupture with the past, he has a strong dirigiste streak, complained Herold, referring to the French tradition of big intrusive government.
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Thank you for posting this. There is a interesting interview with her here:
read for later
She did indeed, and if memory serves, was a pretty cool gal. I haven't seen her in years, though--so I don't know if she's still an active Freeper.
I'm sorry, I don't have time to come quite often on free-republic. Ouu fight is going on pretty well in France, maybe we can help this country to reform (at last!), yet that's pretty hard work...
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33 posted on 07/30/2003 4:28:51 AM EDT by Sabine
If she have not posted since 2004 it is rather unlikely that she sees the discussion here. Anyway it is nice that we have such a dedicated lady from France among us.
Greetings from Europe/Germany
This is her site
BTTT for later.
A new Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) for France?
I submit that if Sabine were to adopt Ann Coulter's style of wardrobe, that she most certainly will end up leading France as either President or Prime Minister some day... ;)
Seriously now, this is the most encouraging news out of France since the death of DeGaulle!
Excerpt from a Jan'04 interview with, Ayn Rand Admirers-The Atlashere
TA: [Individual responsibility is] an idea that is well known, if not always popular, in America. In France, is the idea even in circulation? When you say "ethics of individual responsibility," do people look at you as if you're crazy?
Herold: (Laughing.) I think it's something that people believe in and think about, but perhaps don't always want to apply to themselves.
In fact, you can have no right if you have no duty on the other side. Because if you have a right, you have to respect the right of the other. Which means you have to be responsible.
For example, in France right now there's actually a political debate about whether civil servants should be paid depending on what they're doing and whether they're good or bad. Some people, especially the unions, are simply opposed to that; they think that when you're in public service, your level of productivity shouldn't be considered. To me that makes no sense. If a civil servant is not efficient, there's no reason to keep paying him. (Pause.) France is still a communist country.
TA: France is?
Herold: (Laughing). Almost. I think in America, some people consider us one of the very last remaining communist countries. Some people are saying that about France.
La belle France, our beloved la belle France, needs you, and so does the rest of the world.
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