Hollande's Regrets

Today is box-ticking day in the US, but we really haven't got anything to add to the debate.  Instead we are more interested in the data coming out of Europe and it is looking as though France really is in a spot of bother.  TMM think they can hear a  wistful tune emanating from the Elysee Palace

Non, je ne regret rien (je pense)
Non, je ne regrette rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait ni le mal
Tout ça m'est bien égal!

Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je regrette rien ...
But cars Citroen et cars Peugeots
Aujourd'hui they start to close

Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien...
Mais ce n'est pas payé, pas balayé,
Je me suis fous les Alemandes!

And now the PMI's
Worse than Italy's
Mes chagrins, pas plaisirs
I'm up to my ears!

Hey, let's raise the VAT!
I said I'd not touch that
But times are dire
So?  I'm a liar...

Parce que

Je, je leve le tax
Je, je leve a la max.
Mais j'ai dit
C'est interdit

Mais maintenant
J'ai besoin du dosh
Parce que tout
A tournee a merde

Je, je ne leve rien ..
Mais maintenat je leve 
Parce que je suis
Dans le club mediterranee

Oh,  I wish I hadn't won
And let Sarko, take the election.
Je, je regrette it all
Can't even blame
Les Anglais for the fall. 

Oh shit ..
It's gone wrong, you see
And now we're back
To nineteeen twenty three

When the loo
Was just a hole
And  the " l'eau"

Je, je regret tous.   
Je, je regret le tous
Da da di daaa.. da da di daaaaa...

(fade out)
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November 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM ×

It may be election day in the good old USA..but it's Melbourne Cup day here in Australia and my princess is killing it in the birdcage so I couldn't give a fk...

November 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM ×

C Says'
When it comes to Monsieur Hollande and his vision for France I can't help,but recall the satirical lyrics to this old number from Beck.Kind of sums' up this economic illiterate ,and his wishful idea of how to make everything groovy !

"You're everywhere and nowhere, baby,
That's where you're at
Going down the bumpy hillside in your hippie hat
Flying across the country and getting fat
Saying everything is groovy
When your tires are flat

And it's hi-ho silver lining
Anywhere you go now, baby
I see your sun is shining but I will make a fuss
Though it's obvious

Flies are in your pea soup, baby
They're waving at me
Anything you want is yours now,
Only nothing's for free
Life's a-gonna get you someday,
Just wait and see
So put up your beach umbrella
While you're watching TV

And it's hi-ho silver lining
Anywhere you go, well, baby
I see your sun is shining but I will make a fuss
Though it's obvious"

November 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM ×

And still I don't succeed
I feel it yet I cannot grasp it.
I can't retain it , nor forget it,
And if I grasp it , I cannot measure it.

We're all doomed...

November 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM ×

and here is Mr. P in his younger years, singing the above song, his accent is really most impressive:

Je Ne Regrette Rien

Glad you're back lads, regular readers will be relieved and LB is happy to take a breather after some thoughts on the election.

November 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM ×

Will be back tonight with some electoral updates from my peculiar transatlantic perspective. Among other mysteries, it's hard for a Brit to understand how there can be lines of people waiting hours to vote in what are easily served urban locations. It's almost as though there was a deliberate attempt to suppress voting. Oh, it is deliberate.... really?

One of the things we picked up this week by ignoring TV talking heads and listening to real people is that African-Americans are really ticked off about a variety of attempts to suppress voter turnout, and that Latinos are really unhappy about Romney's tacit acceptance of hard line immigration enforcement in Arizona.

Conservatives are hoping that these groups will not turn out in numbers, but they may be disappointed. Republicans are counting on winning states like North Carolina, Florida and Virginia, with high numbers of African-American voters. If the weather is decent, there may be some surprises in store for Team Romney. I am going to predict right now that Obama will win New Hampshire, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio and I think North Carolina is also possible. Florida is likely to be very tight, and there will be some irregularities, but this time it will not matter.

In the end, the US election is not about race. I'll leave it to Chris Rock to explain why:

Chris Rock on Obama

November 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM ×

The weather has been generally good for the vote in competitive states like Florida, Virginia and North Carolina. It is raining now in Eastern Carolina and around the Tidewater area in Virginia and that will continue until the polls close. There is also rain in Madison and Milwaukee, two Democratic strongholds in Wisconsin.

Most reports say that turnout in the cities is stronger than expected. There is an enormous turnout in some areas of Connecticut, where the Senate race has been especially nasty.

The 7:00 pm poll closings are in VT and in safe red states GA, IN, KY, and SC. The critical early returns to watch are therefore two of Virginia's suburban Washington DC collar counties. Prince William and Loudoun are swing counties that will point the way for the rest of the evening.

7.30 poll closings include North Carolina and Ohio, where Hamilton County (Cincinnati) and Wood County (Bowling Green) are considered good barometers to watch. A strong win for either candidate there would be highly significant. In NC, Wake, Forsyth and Wilson Counties are critical. If Obama wins those, it is game over for Romney.

Personally I just hope it's not a long night....

November 7, 2012 at 4:57 AM ×

Thank goodness that's over. We even got some of it right. Big Ears in the White House, donkeys in Senate, and elephants in the House. A postscript on the topic from the pink blog:

Elections and Markets

We now return you to your regularly scheduled fiscal cliff and Europanique.... aaarrrrggghhh !!!