Big tent, plenty of clowns

Newly elected French president Nicolas Sarkozy apparently has decided to bring leading members of the defeated Socialist Party into his government in a big way. Reports have it that the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs may be offered to Hubert Vedrine or Bernard Kouchner. Vedrine has a decidedly anti-American track record. Kouchner, though a leftist, is a great humanitarian (he founded the organization Doctors Without Borders) and a man of principle. However, his credentials to head the foreign ministry seem thin.
A host of other prominent Socialists are rumored to be under consideration for other top posts, and Fran


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