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Sarkozy declares: "I'm neither Mrs Thatcher nor Mr Reagan".

Yup, we'd noticed. Anyway, Le Monde reports his comments made to a meeting a few days back, having described him as being 'pulled between his right wing and his left wing':

"I am not an ideologue, I am held hostage by no-one. I have a mission to rally: to rally the liberals, the Gaullists, the centrists, Europhiles, the eurosceptics….."I am neither Mrs. Thatcher nor Mr. Reagan, I am Nicolas Sarkozy. I have always been my own man."

I think one has to admire his ambition, although he goes beyond that, in that he is intent on creating a whole new philosophy, apparently:

"I want to create a new political synthesis which makes it possible to reconcile economic efficiency with social justice, authority with liberty, and our Frenchness with the challenge of Europe”.

Any chance he has been thumbing through his copy of Blairism for Dummies?


Meanwhile, in the latest war of words on the right (relatively speaking ) , De Villepin says of Sarkozy in Le Figaro: "The only real split for Sarkozy is between what he says and what he does". It is, I suppose to the credit of French politicians that they actually criticise their colleagues directly, rather than making unattributable comments to lobby hacks or getting their homunculi to do the dirty for them. I would rather enjoy hearing Broon and Blair trading insults...

(French domestic political terminology is a beast to translate, so I've gone for the sense of it rather than the absolutely literal).

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Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 2:38 pm

What do today's French papers say about Zidane? How will France treat its disgraced player?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:49 pm

Well, Le Monde called the head butt 'unforgivable', Liberation says he's 'destroyed his halo' and Le Figaro referred to his head butt as 'detestable'.  



Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 1:41 pm

Now we know it was something to do with a comment about his mum - the msot unforgiveable of insults anyone can make!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:49 pm

Well absolutely - we can't have people bad mouthing our mothers, although I would be inclined to choose a different retort.... I've also seen stories saying it was his sister who was impugned.  



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