"I missed my career. I should be an artist! I dreamed of being a singer, but I navigate better in the numbers" says Michel Daerden, then Minister of Finance, Budget and Facilities Belgian Francophone region in the set of "Focus", a broadcast by Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF). It is a picturesque French-speaking Socialist, elected with 60,000 votes in the province of Liege brought to alcohol.
"For twenty years, periodically, people think I'm drunk."
He said if it did, he could hardly carry the busy career that is his: auditor, member, minister, mayor, etc..
In 2006, a journalist of Radio Belgian television (RTBF), with him a few days later asked if he was indeed "drunk", he replied "no more than usual." When he was appointed Minister of pensions, it caused a scandal in Flanders.
"The clown who screaming Walloon Flanders" said the newspaper "De Standaard" which states that the "Francofolies" do not entertain the Flemish part of the country.
Michel Daerden invokes "psychomotor" and dyslexia to explain the slowness of his speech.
Enough to supply the Flemish-Walloon conflict in Belgium!