Tue Dec 18th, 2007 at 04:35:37 PM EST
| AP: Kadhafi: Dassault invite Yade à "s'occuper de ses affaires"
| AP: Ghadafi: Dassault invites Yade to "mind her own business"
|PARIS - Serge Dassault a estimé mardi qu'il "fallait savoir ce que l'on veut" après la polémique concernant la venue du colonel Moammar Kadhafi en visite officielle en France et conseillé à la secrétaire d'Etat aux Droits de l'Homme Rama Yade -qui s'était publiquement émue de la venue du chef d'Etat libyen- de "s'occuper de ses affaires".
|PARIS - Serge Dassault reckoned on tuesday that "we must decide what we want" after the polemic around the visit in France of colonel Muhammar Ghadafi and advised secretary of State for Human Rights Rama Yade, who expressed her reservations against the visit of the Lybian head of State, to "mind her own business".
I am told Sarkozy launched some sort of media operation to neutralize this, so to the Front Page with it - Diary rescue by Migeru
| "Qu'elle s'occupe de ses affaires: Sarkozy dirige la France, il fait vendre des produits à l'étranger et c'est très bien, c'est un bon président, donc tout va bien, il ne faut pas s'y opposer", a déclaré sur Public Sénat le PDG du groupe Dassault, à qui la Libye a commandé la veille 14 avions Rafale.
|"May she mind her own business: Sarkozy leads France, he ensures we sell products abroad an that's very good, he is a good president, therefore all is well, there is no call for opposition", declared the CEO of Dassault Group, to whom Lybia ordered 14 Rafale planes the day before, on Public Sénat.
well, she's secretary of State for Human Rights. What could possibly be her "own business" then? And we see what is meant by "good president" -even though most sales attributed to Sarkozy were agreed long before May in any case, of course- : making sure that money trumps everything
| "Il faut savoir si on veut développer l'emploi en France ou si on veut faire la morale à tout le monde. Si on fait la morale à tout le monde, on ne vend rien", a poursuivi le sénateur UMP de l'Essonne, ajoutant que Mme Yade devrait "s'occupe(r) des petits pays où il y a des problèmes, mais pas des problèmes industriels".
|"We should decide if we want to develop employment in France or if we want to give lessons to everyone. If we give lessons to everyone, we don't sell anything", continued the UMP Essone senator, addind that Mrs Yade should "take care of small countries where there are problems, but not of industrial problems".
so now it's clear: Human Rights only apply to tiny country whose GDP is inferior to the cost of a combat plane. The secretary of State for Human Rights -OK, I personally never thought it was anything but photo-op, but as a UMP senator he's supposed to at least pretend- should not ever get involved in anything but tiny countries. And certainly not France, for instance.
| "Il ne faut quand même pas exagérer et faire la polémique", a-t-il lancé.
|"You really should not exaggerate and create polemics.", he launched.
Words fail me.
Exaggerate indeed. Worrying about what Human Rights may mean for Ghadafi, now THAT's nitpicking. I mean, when you're head of a big state and want to rule as a real democrat, you can't control everything so maybe some tiny things might have happened without his being aware, surely you won't hold that against him will you?
How patronising towards a secretary of State from the same political party, too.
And we know the rule: in every matter (and I mean EVERY matter), let businessmen do their stuff and shut up. Well, we knew all along, but that's not exactly kept quiet there.
He then goes on to say that selling weapons to pretty much anyone is a good way to reduce unemployment and praises Sarkozy, compared to Chirac with a "between you and me, with Chirac, we didn't sell anything".
I don't like Chirac, but remarks like these will always help me remember how much better it was then than it is now.