Kudos to French PM

July 2nd, 2009 at 10:49 am by David Farrar

I wanted an apology from the French Union (who took part in the cover up) but never thought the Bastareaud affair would become an issue for the French Government.

So one can only praise French PM for an unexpected apology. Fillon is a huge rugby fan and this may have motivated him to intervene.

I hope he tears the French Rugby Union a new orifice, and that they do not just discipline Bastareaud but all those involved in covering up the false allegation.

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16 Responses to “Kudos to French PM”

  1. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    so..we can stand-down/mothball the frigate..?..again..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  2. bringbackthebiff (99 comments) says:

    Yes Philu and the airforce too, oh wait a minute, Hulun Cluck already did that

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  3. wreck1080 (3,924 comments) says:

    I feel a bit sorry for the guy.

    He is just 20, barely out of school. He was likely embarrassed about the incident and naively thought he was making a little white lie. Maybe he never even expected it to go outside the team?

    The main failure is with the French management who should have put a lid on this before it became public.

    While what he said was wrong, I think you have to take into account his youthful naivety.

    After all, can anyone say they never said anything stupid without thinking of the consequences.

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  4. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    that’s very ‘wise’ of you..wreck..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  5. Ross Nixon (559 comments) says:

    Can anyone confirm whether the French PM ever apologised for the Rainbow Warrior bombing (that was approved at the highest levels)?

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  6. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    i think there is a stronger case for them to be made to apologise for decades of benchmark-settingly-dire french pop-music..

    (and won’t someone think of the geese..?..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  7. niooki (1 comment) says:

    “unexpected”… The PM only apologized because John Key did it before…

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  8. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    It was a crap apology – he only apologises for Bastareaud’s actions, not the cover-up by other players and team management.

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  9. tvb (4,432 comments) says:

    The Embassy got involved. The Mayor got involved, it became blown way out of proportion. This is the least the French could do. The incident is very mysterious, now the poor chap is found in a river. Leave him alone, time to move on.

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  10. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    In the scheme of things, it was a great apology. Getting an apology at all from the French PM is far better than the most grovelling apology imaginable from the French Rugby Union. I think it was a very honourable thing for him to do – he didn’t have to.

    Agree it would be nice to get a proper apology for the Rainbow Warrior affair, but then again, an apology will make no difference on that one anyway.

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  11. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    TVB…….I agree lets move on.

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  12. NOt1tocommentoften (433 comments) says:

    Ross – yes the French PM did resign. It is well documented. There are letters that were published.

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  13. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    At least there’s one good French bastard.

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  14. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    I think it was close to inevitable. As I understand it Key had apologised for the assault – rightly or wrongly it was a ‘diplomatic incident’. It does seem a bit silly that a PM has to apologise for the silliness of a rugby player but I guess nations are represented by their sporting teams (and politicians are always keen for some reflected glory) and since when did life make sense? An apology graciously accepted. Time to move on.

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  15. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    “I hope [French PM Francois Fillon] tears the French Rugby Union a new orifice…”

    Ah yes, that’s the game of Rugby for you. An outlet for our most macho to express their guilty, suppressed homo-eroticism since Eighteen-forty-whenever it was.

    I doubt the French PM carries a lot of clout with the French Rugby Football Union however…?

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  16. calendar girl (1,244 comments) says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with tvb, PaulL and GPT1 – the French PM’s apology was gracious over a matter that had been ramped well beyond its true significance.

    In my view the premier award for hype goes to Wellington’s Mayor who pontificated for the best part of a week about damage to Wellington’s “brand” and New Zealand’s “brand’. Pseudo business-speak adds nothing to my limited regard for her leadership and communication skills.

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