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by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
♦ Deauville as the site of the G-8 Summit
♦ The International Monetary Fund’s change of leadership, as a side distraction during the G-8 meetings
♦ The upcoming G-20
Deauville is one of the most beautiful coastal resorts in all of France. It is located in the Basse-Normandie (lower Normandy). While tourism has supported the presence of a middle class in this coastal town, Deauville’s reputation remains as it began– a destination for wealthy Parisians.
For lovers of French cinematography, Deauville’s riviera is forever linked to Claude Lelouch’s Un Homme et Une Femme. Deauville also served as the backdrop for the special Poirot episode based on Agatha Christie’s The Murder on the Links. This town of beautiful half-timbered villas is synonymous with horse racing and vintage cars, the latter being ceremoniously displayed at the annual Paris-Deauville rally.
But for those more concerned with history, it is from these beaches of Normandy that William the Conqueror sailed to conquer England. The coast of Normandy was also the site, during World War II, where the allied troops landed, to carry out their assault on Nazi-occupied France.
Deauville, depending on the weather, can display a colorful or melancholic beauty. But no matter how strong the winds of the English Channel may blow, Deauville never ceases to attract the rich, the powerful and the famous. This is quite evident this week, as Deauville became the center of the G-8 Summit, on May 26-27.
The world is in turmoil no matter where we turn– and all eyes are on Deauville to deliver some news, some new decision– something, that could make us all breathe a sigh of relief. After all, the Middle East and North Africa are on fire. Meanwhile, Europe and the United States are experiencing the worst financial crisis since the 1930’s–while Communist China advances aggressively across the globe, as a military and economic superpower– always eager to empower and support our enemies, such as Iran and North Korea.
But it is unlikely that anything significant will come out of these G-8 meetings– except for resolutions that address economic imbalances and a plan that would provide aid to Arab nations affected by the uprisings– with hope that the help they’ll receive will boost their economies and further encourage a path to democracy.
So, Deauville is expected to maintain its aura of romance and elegance, with little to report– except the repercussions, of what appears to be Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s less-than-amorous scandal, with a hotel maid in New York City.
After all, it is due to Dominique’s unfortunate behavior that the world has to wait for the appointment of a new president for the International Monetary Fund. That such a position could have been entrusted to someone like Dominique, who seems prone to such incivilities, is representative of the deplorable state of moral values– at all levels of society. Dominique’s lack of good qualities was further magnified by the fact that he is a former Communist activist, and now, a devout Socialist.
Imagine that, a Socialist-millionaire leading the IMF, maneuvering globalization and even aspiring to become the next president of France. It’s hard to accept that this description, so full of contradictions, is possible.
By the time that Dominique was arrested in New York on May 14, 2011, he must have built quite a reputation as a “frisky Frenchman.” Even President Barack Obama had to hold Dominique back, to keep him away from his wife, during the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh– as we can see from the following photo, where Dominique appears to be lunging towards the First Lady, while leering at her.
The present turmoil at the IMF was not an agenda item at the G-8 meetings; however, it was expected that the matter would be discussed– and it was, particularly because of Dominique’s absence from Deauville’s G-8, due to his current state of house-arrest at a $50,000 per month TriBeCa townhouse, in New York City.
Meanwhile, the Communist Chinese, who are always looking for a way to advance their authority and power, are seizing the moment by asking that developing nations be given a shot at the presidency of the IMF. Xia Bin, an adviser to the People’s Bank of China, stated that the United States voting share in the IMF is “too big”– and that it should give emerging developing countries a chance to lead.
This means that after having the International Monetary Fund, which is the world’s emergency lender, in the hands of a maniacal French senior citizen, the U.S. now has to tolerate being admonished by a despotic communist, regarding IMF matters.
But, in comes French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, as the most favored candidate for the IMF presidency.
The U.S. and Europe appear to be rallying behind Lagarde– although her endorsement is not official. Lagarde is expected to go on a charm offensive, to hopefully gain the support of countries like China and Brazil, which are part of the BRICS group of emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
Lagarde could also face competition from the Governor of Banco de México, Agustin Carsten.
Mexico is part of another group called the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The OECD claims that it promotes “policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world… and sets “international standards on all sorts of things, from the safety of chemicals and nuclear power plants to the quality of cucumbers.”
Meanwhile, the romance of Deauville has been interrupted by the massive presence of police officers and security personnel, who are trying to keep protestors from reaching the town. Of particular concern is the fact that this is the first G-8 meeting following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Some of the items in the agenda included the global economy, political and security issues such as drug trafficking and terrorism, Afghanistan, Iran’s illicit nuclear activities, as well as the Internet. The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster was also a very important point of discussion. The e-G8 meeting, included a review of the effectiveness of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google) during times of political turmoil — such as the “Arab Spring” (uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East).
Priority will be given to the Arab countries and to Africa in terms of economic and “social development.” Unfortunately, social development always includes Socialist theories, which are not compatible with man’s natural and irrepressible dignity– a God-given gift.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, presided over the G-8 meetings. Sarkozy displayed his Napoleonic side during the first day of the meetings– offering solutions to the world’s problems, that is, from a French perspective. He had to correct himself by adding “Europe”, the “U.S.” and “our friends”– given the collective nature of the summit. Not having Dominique Strauss-Kahn as a threat to his reelection, must have given Sarkozy great satisfaction.
Sarkozy will also preside over the G-20 summit, where he will continue to pursue his goal to reform the international financial system, address imbalances in global economic governance and regulate commodities markets.
The G-20 Summit will be held in southern France, at the fashionable seaside town of Cannes, on November 3-4, 2011.
Whether it is to discuss the quality of cucumbers, or major global issues– it does look like French rivieras are de rigueur as a place to meet.
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© Marielena Montesino de Stuart
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