"This Pope is beginning to pose a real problem," Alain Juppé remarked in the wake of the flap over the Benedict XVI's suggestion that condoms weren't the solution to AIDS in Africa. He is living "in a situation of total autism," the former Prime Minister added.
It wasn't so long ago that the president of the Republic was delivering sermons about the necessity of religion's moral guidance. Secular ethics could never suffice without the "civilizing" benediction of the sacred. Clearly, Alain Juppé, who declares himself "attached to Christian values," has his doubts about Sarkozyan as well as papal doctrine.