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François Godement
Historian, Senior Policy Fellow & Director of Asia & China programme, also non-resident senior associate . RTs not endorsements etc...
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François Godement Dec 7
Hum, et la demi-page sobre du Monde intitulée « Nanjing, entre tradition et innovation »? Et la régie publicitaire de BFM avec un accord de contenu chinois? Tout cela en deux semaines, il y a une offensive et la presse française aussi est vulnérable...
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François Godement Dec 5
Replying to @FGodement
Finally, after laughing for years at Fox News and social media in the US, let's look at how our 24 hours news channels live from crises which they encourage openly, and how Facebook isn't reserved to Arab springs... END
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François Godement Dec 5
Replying to @FGodement
Above all, this from her interview: protests combine post-modern disdain for institutions, to which they prefer direct action, with a yearning for strong men. Look no further than Weimar Germany to understand the brew. 5
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François Godement Dec 5
Replying to @LesEchos
but for a deeper explanation combining political factors, the issue of disappearing intermediation in our society, read Danielle Tartakowsky's interview in Les Echos, … via ⁦ 4
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François Godement Dec 5
Replying to @FGodement
In China, taxi drivers riot over the price of gas (which in effect has often been subsidized, creating the world's largest auto market). In Spain, the socialists have nationalized some turnpikes and made them toll-free - French neighbours go buy their gas across the border.3
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François Godement Dec 5
Replying to @FGodement
To his sorrow, Macron failed to escape the trap, and his PM added the 80 km/h speed limit. Both continued "autoroute" toll increases going to a few companies. Decades ago, one of France's best economists, Alfred Sauvy, showed the political sensitivity of the price of gas 2
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François Godement Dec 5
Cars are to the French what guns are to many Americans. Freedom to move and the right to carry arms... The socialist jean-Jaures fundation study fails to notice that the whole incremental carbon tax business was engineered by Hollande and Royal 1
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François Godement Dec 5
Une excellente analyse Tartakowsky : « Les 'gilets jaunes', un phénomène miroir du macronisme » : via ⁦
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MarionVan Renterghem Dec 3
Cohn-Bendit : Je ne peux pas accepter un mouvement où on vous dit: si tu mets pas un gilet jaune, tu passes pas. J’ai une angoisse terrible dans nos sociétés: la dérive vers qqch d’autoritaire. Si je sens monter le totalitarisme, je reste du bon côté des barricades.
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François Godement Nov 30
Alas, with one ambiguous exception regarding investment, the whole paper is passive-aggressive. China seeks to rally developing economies against « some », in fact all developed economies.
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François Godement Nov 29
Germany heard my colleague 's advice that it should not europeanize its non-permanent UNSC seat. Instead, it is now asking France to europeanize its own permanent seat...
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François Godement Nov 28
Blocage allemand sur l’intégration bancaire et budgétaire de l’eurozone, via la « Ligue hanséatique » -proposition plus que jamais audacieuse par le ministre des finances allemand, pro-européen - pour le siège ONU; et prévisible blocage français. L’Europe, une utopie?
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François Godement Nov 28
A much better explanation for the coup against Renault’s Ghosn than sudden discovery of wrongdoings. Remarkably, this would have Ghosn standing for the position of the Japanese on control of Nissan and now sacrificed for expediency by these same Japanese.
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François Godement Nov 27
Replying to @FGodement
8) At a moment when Japan is in a campaign to counter China's unfair trade practices and technonationalism, this case of economic chauvinism would not be a very smart move.
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François Godement Nov 27
Replying to @FGodement
7) Ghosn turned around Nissan. If it is now worth much more than the price which Renault paid for 43 % of its shares. Isn't that what the market is about? Could this be an attempt at a legal clawback?
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François Godement Nov 27
Replying to @FGodement
5) If that's the case, do they still deserve to lead the company? 6) How much is the Ghosn-Nissan case going to be an inspiration and justification for tough and arbitrary action against foreign execs in other countries? for instance, China?
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François Godement Nov 27
Replying to @FGodement
3) can one cite top Japanese executives who have been subjected to this arrest and detain phase, including so suddenly? 4) Were Nissan's Japanese executives so dumb that only two foreigners at the top knew of alleged wrongdoings said to have gone on for years?
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François Godement Nov 27
Replying to @FGodement
2) an unequal pre-indictment phase where the suspect is essentially held incommunicado and cannot be assisted by a lawyer during interrogations - the exact reverse of what a fair justice is about, at least in this phase.
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François Godement Nov 27
Carlos Ghosn incommunicado in a Japanese jail... Without prejudicing any possible wrongdoing or crime, a few comments: 1) we are reminded of how one-sided Japanese justics can be: 99 % conviction rate once indicted (which is not yet the case).
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François Godement Nov 25
Replying to @bruceestokes
I meant cynical, of course.
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