Deception totale. Eric Besson, the former economics guru of the Socialist party, yesterday shared a stage with the man he once called a ‘neoconservative American with a French passport,’ delivering a mea culpa on how he had participated in the diabolisation of Sarkozy. True, his defection shouldn’t come as a surprise after he savaged Segolene’s competencies in a book ‘Who knows Madam Royal,’ published a month after he slammed the door shut on the Socialists. Yet colleagues at the Dijon rally said he looked uncomfortable. It must be strange to de fetted by the people you’ve plotted so long to defeat. Still, he didn’t flinch, telling the crowd he believed and hoped that Sarkozy will win.
‘I am a man of the left who will support and vote for a man who incarnes the right,’ he said to cheers. Introducing the UMP champion, he signed off with: ‘Forza Nicolas et allez la France.’