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Algerians for Sarko

Probably not in large numbers in metropolitan France, but the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seems to like the cut of Sarko's jib, referring to him as 'my friend' and refusing to be drawn on colonisation by the French as he did not wish to upset Sarko.

Le Monde, from where I have drawn the story notes that 'Sarkozy was beside himself with pleasure at treatment worthy of a head of state'. Given that Algeria stands to France much like an amalgam of Ireland and India does to us - the jewel in the Imperial Crown / brightest stripe in the Republican Sash - and relations between Algiers and Paris have sometimes been rather messy, I do wonder quite what the two of them have cooked up - Massive 'development' aid? A guaranteed bolthole on the Côte d'Azur if the Islamists take over? The sale of weapons for dealing with any 'troublesome' Berbers? Doubtless all will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Meanwhile,Bouteflika was quizzed on his health, which irked him no end, and while he admits he was 'very, very ill', now he is 'absolutely fabulous'. (No translator's licence there - he said 'absolument fabuleuse').

Rather amusingly the Algerian national anthem includes praise for the FLN, the local ANC equivalent, which is not the party the president is signed up to. Odder still, Algeria's name is taken from what were islands off the coast (now connected to the mainland), and following that example, maybe the UK should be renamed the Isle of Ely or somesuch.
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Blogger istanbultory said... 7:43 pm

Well, they may have put out the red carpet for Sarko but the Algerians are a decidely uncouth lot. And virulently francophobic as I recall. My money's still on Sarko for the presidency FWIW. I suspect the Algerian President shares that view. Unless JM LePen puts a spanner in the works for the second round. Sego is still eminently beatable.
Where's Hitch? Has he taken umbrage at Mr Croydonian's mild rebuke of yesterday?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:45 pm

I think Sarko is the money to bet the house on, although JMLP could end up doing quite well in the first round. If he were to be up against Sego in round two, we would be in for very 'interesting' times.

No sightings of V or PH today.  



Anonymous Al Suttoni said... 11:30 am

Fabuleuse?
Bootie-flicker thinks he's a woman?

Hmm.

PS Al Jazz Era also means the island. Can't see it catching on, tho. Not even with Sugar Frosty.

Salaam etc.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:45 am

I suspect he is referring to his 'sante', which is feminine. My father reckoned that when struggling to gender a French word, the more unpleasant the concept, the more likely it is to be feminine....

Indeed it does, yes. Algeria is al-jazā’ir in Arabic.  



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