Penny wise


Vive la France – and in particular bravo/hélas to the city of Dijon, which has hommed-up to its crumbling finances et, um, y’know, grasped le taureau par les cornes. (Seen in the Guardian today):

‘…France reels from the news that its labour minister had described the country as “totally bankrupt”.  Michel Sapin told radio listeners yesterday that: “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state. That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.” Government officials have been scrambling to unpick the damage… Meanwhile, the city of Dijon has just sold off half of its municipal wine cellar to raise fund to support its social welfare bill.’

What would Napoleon say?


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