Honorable Mention

Michael’s point regarding “resignations of honor” is well taken. The political culture of Europe is still very much based on personal responsibility and reputation. That said, the unsolicited resignation yesterday of the French’s army chief of staff, Gen. Bruno Cuche, was as much a question of “le doigt d’honneur” (literally “the finger of honor,” situated between the index and ring finger) as a resignation of honor. According to Jean-Dominique Merchet at Secret Défense, Cuche felt that Nicolas Sarkozy had personally insulted him and the army in general while visiting the scene of the accidental shooting incident in Carcassonne: Pointing at […]

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