It appears as though Jacques Chirac is about to be told allez au diable by his own party:
A younger generation, led by Nicolas Sarkozy, the finance minister, is flagrantly conspiring to end Mr Chirac’s political career on their timetable rather than his, ahead of the 2007 presidential election. Rebels say they are tired of his moderation and cronyism and that France desperately needs more dynamic leadership.
Well, they’re exactly right on that count. Chirac’s “leadership” has been a disaster for France, and his efforts to arrogantly take control of the EU along with Germany have severely backfired. France is in desperate need of new leadership, and hopefully it will have it soon.