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Aging Belgian rocker comes out for Sarko.

Now I have your attention, Liberation reports that Sarkozy has the blessing of Johnny 'Jean-Philippe Smet' Halliday in his pursuit of the presidency. The paper has some fun:

"Ah how the UMP is young, cool and rock' roll. Oh yeah. And to him that Sarko is all that at the same time. Ah that he likes him. He even calls himself a "fan". "It", it is Johnny Hallyday."

France's equivalent of Cliff Richard (well, he's arguably slightly less naff than that, but now is not the time to go soft on him) declared thus: "Nicolas absolutely must be our president. I will not content myself with merely voting for him, I will help him out to the best of my abilities".

I do not know whether France routinely suffers the curse of celebrity endorsements of politicians, but if so maybe we can look forward to Eddy Mitchell, Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant and Gerard Depardieu piling in. I could see the big fellow supporting the Huntin', Shootin' and Fishing party (Chasse Nature Traditions). As to that other noted Gaul, Brigitte Bardot, her tendencies would place her somewhere near the Front National.

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Anonymous Verity said... 1:55 pm

I didn't know Johnny Halliday is Belgian! I've seen him interviewed on French TV a few times and actually, he seems to be rather a nice man.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:23 pm

Looks like I might have overstated his Belgitude. His old man was Belgian, but JH was born in Paris and according to his wikipedia entry is /pursuing/ Belgian nationality.  



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