Tag: “Nicolas Sarkozy

Plenty for Cameron to be nervous about as confident Hollande takes the reins in the rain

Posted on 16 May 2012 | 8:05am

I was in Paris for part of the aftermath of former Presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s spectacular fall. The mood in the Parti Socialiste at the time was one of real anxiety, for all the considerable unpopularity of President Sarkozy. DSK had looked like a shoo in not just for the candidature but for the Presidency. […]

If Sarkozy loses, Cameron should reflect that omnipresent hyperactivity may have been a factor

Posted on 19 April 2012 | 10:04am

If, as is being widely suggested, Francois Hollande wins the French elections, and Nicolas Sarkozy becomes a rare, single-term President, there are one or two lessons David Cameron might try to draw on … once he has repaired the damage done to Anglo-French relations by effectively endorsing Sarko. The main lesson relates to hyperactivity. When […]

Francois Hollande could be the beneficiary of Merkel-Sarko election pact

Posted on 30 January 2012 | 9:01am

Yes that was me tweeting in German last night, digging into my modern languages education to remember all I could, and surprised how much that was. Truth is, as I am about to say to a conference in Berlin when I speak in English, French is the dominant foreign language in my head, and when […]

Europe’s leaders need to be honest about what they really think, and what they really can and cannot do

Posted on 8 December 2011 | 11:12am

Another day, another summit, another round of ups and downs, then stand by for another set of bold declarations that Europe’s leaders have found the solutions to the current crisis … again. With every step of crisis management that doesn’t quite work, they take another reputational hit. How refreshing it would be if, instead of […]

Merkel, Sarko and Cameron will need all their communications skills to win the new arguments in Europe

Posted on 6 December 2011 | 8:12am

I’m off to Dunkirk today for a conference of French communications professionals, Cap’ Com, asking themselves whether the public still believe ‘la communication publique.’ The answer is that sometimes some of the public do, and sometimes some of them don’t. ‘Twas ever thus. It is probably fair to say though that people in advanced democracies […]

Rarely can the summit smiles, backslaps and trumpeteering have seemed so incongruous

Posted on 3 November 2011 | 11:11am

I suppose our leaders have to do that smiling thing as they arrive at summits (though I can’t think they and we would all be happier if a lot of the ceremonials were scrapped, the trumpeteers confined to barracks, and the leaders just got on with the business of trying to rescue the world economy). […]

Cameron looking weaker under twin attack from Sarko and Eurosceptic backbenchers

Posted on 24 October 2011 | 7:10am

You’d have thought President Sarkozy would still have been in post-Libya mutual backslap mode with Dave, added to which a new baby usually puts a man in a good mood for a few days. So our PM must really have been getting Sarko’s goat to provoke the tirade that came his way at the European […]

Osborne right to be gloomy – politically we’re out of the euro but economically we’re all in this mess together

Posted on 22 October 2011 | 5:10pm

I promise I am not going soft, but I am beginning to feel a little bit sorry for David Cameron and George Osborne. As a regular attendee of European summits when Labour was in power, I always feel a bit sorry for anyone who has to eat into the weekend to go to some soulless […]

A (very long) essay on political communications, French style

Posted on 19 October 2011 | 12:10pm

The post has just arrived and in it a very nice surprise, the discovery that Jacques Seguela, one-time adviser to President Mitterrand, now close confidant of President and Madame Sarkozy (indeed he intoduced them), and something of a legend in French political communications, has dedicated his latest book to little old moi. With apologies for […]

With the world as it is, strong leadership is easier said than done

Posted on 21 September 2011 | 8:09am

To a posh Knightsbridge hotel last night, and the launch of the Harvard Business Review in London, which they chose to celebrate with a discussion between me and BT chairman Sir Michael Rake. Nice guy, and very smart. At one point the moderator, the splendidly named Adi Ignatius, chastised us gently for ‘agreeing too much’. […]