And now there is France, whose president is claimed to have intervened with an already-made decision on OOXML.
Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been made on Friday.
Speaking of England, another investigation seems to be on its way there.
We have tracked some more of Sarkozy’s moved in [1, 2, 3]. He is often seen pushing Microsoft agenda and he was also caught vacationing for free at the house of a former Microsoft executive. Only yesterday we saw Hewlett-Packard's role in France, as well (urging to change votes on OOXML in favour of Microsoft).
When exports say that OOXML has become a political question, they don’t refer to politics only at a corporate level, e.g. Google versus Microsoft. It’s really the ‘proper’ politics that are equally involved, yet we often fail to see it. Remember this video and another one with Larry Lessig, who strives to change congress at the moment. The government is said to be run by corporations (and for corporation), but that’s not news.
Also recall our latest summary of OSBC and be aware that Matt Asay turns out to be a friend of Jason Matusow of Microsoft and OOXML infamy. Jason Matusow is an habitual liar and dirty tricks harborer [1, 2], just like the company he works for. Why and how did Asay befriend this man? █
Update adds the following reference from CIO Today:
In France, unconfirmed reports claim that President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened with the French body to force a change from a no vote to an abstention.