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Sego vs Sarko - live blogging the debate

Courtesy of the Frenchman and his satellite TV feed...

Nothing to report until 8, bar the fact that Sarko is looking pretty sharp, suit-wise. I reckon Sego is going to sport one of her Jeanne d'Arc outfits. We shall see.

Both of them are being subject to a digital egg timer so precise times speaking to the nation are equal. SR got a second for saying 'bon soir'. Yes really. She's gone for a dark jacket over white, so I'm half right.

It isn't a real debate at all - they are asked questions and answer them separately. The Frenchman says it is a joke. Mrs Frenchman (who is English) thinks Sarko has been botoxed - he's looking younger anyway.

Meanwhile, he is at 1.24 on Betfair, and she's at 4.6....

SR has been told to smile as often as an air hostess by the look of things.

The 'Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy', 'Madame Royal' business they are using is priceless. Shouldn't she be 'Mlle Royal'? She's on the attack, he's being more emolient.

They have benn kicking it off over a policewoman who was raped, with SR saying that all female flics should have a male escort when going home. NS has rebutted, why not all civil servants.

France has 20000 customs bods. Crikey.

The Sego-leaning Frenchman thinks Sarko is putting her to the sword.

So, law and order is very much le plat du jour. She's arguing for zero tolerance on first offences.

And so to the world of work. SR has got very confused about budgets for the fonction publique. I do wish she would shut up about bally Poitou Charentes... He is rather les keen on the 35 hour week than she is, by the way. 'A monumental error' he calls it. Not unreasonably, she's asked why he hasn't abandoned it. And she's back on Poitou Charentes. Which has some good free range chickens, judging from the ads on French radio.

She'd 'invest massively in research' . Practically la chaleur blanche isn't it? Very 1970's...

She wants France to be a 'nation of entrepreneurs'. Erm, with her programme?

Sticking with the ancient past, NS is trying to promote property ownership.

She refers to the union as 'social partners'. See what I mean about the 70s?

He gave her a brief lesson in what happens with tax competition, not that she got it.

She's slid to 4.8 , he's down to 1.23...

Ah. A good bit. She got a bit carried away and he told he a pres needs to be calm. Priceless.

Best bit - for no reason at all, they suddenly flashed up a red backdrop behind Sego. Subliminal message, perhaps?


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Blogger hatfield girl said... 9:31 pm

Thank you for doing this; I looked over full of hope but this is far better than hopes.

Why does she want the return of Harold Wilson? White heat of technology? Wassa social partner?  

Blogger The Hitch said... 9:34 pm

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Blogger The Hitch said... 9:35 pm

you need more photos of naked morbidly obese men and stories about employees who suffer from downs syndrome and pyromainia on your blog , such as those found on mine.
All this French nonsense is dragging what was once a fine and erudite blog down the pan.
I can only assume it is due to your spending too much time with Peter Stringfellow.
You have become Louche!  

Blogger Praguetory said... 7:21 am

Enjoyed it - captured the mood of two people talking at complete cross purposes - I tend to have that experience whenever I talk with urban French women who haven't emigrated.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:40 am

HG / PT - Thanks for that.

Hitch - I wouldn't want to infringe your demarcation.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:41 am

'Social partners' means trade unions in Sego speak.  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:07 am

I really quite want Sego to win after all this.

Just to see whata colossal mess she could make.

At least it might set and example for Broon....  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:06 am

Hitch is right can I suggest the Promethean intellectual ambition of my post “ Sex ,sex and more sex” as a model , you needn’t credit me .
Je ne comprende pas les Grenouilles et ne can-be-bothered pas to catchez up  

Blogger gitanodemurcia said... 1:31 pm

what is all this french non sense? are you coming to my bbq on Saturday? we will be a bunch of post-anarchists and neo-libertarians, so you will be needed to balance it with you near-extreme opinions.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:03 pm

CU - she won't trust me. I expect to spend the next five years ruing that I did not let my usual cynicism about 'right wing' French politicians inform my judgement.

N - I bow to your awesome comment threads...

GdM - Careful, or I will out you for your equivocation over voting on Sunday.  

Anonymous this guy said... 4:47 pm

what no nihilists? I scream discrimination.  

Anonymous Colin said... 7:05 pm


Thanks for providing us with your impressions and comments. I watched the debate on internet TV. Here are my impressions.

First, both are very able liars. Madame Royale - dressed stylishly, good looking and visibly botoxed when frowing - promised everything to everybody such as IT courses for people unable to read and to write. (She really said that. How someone unable to read is able to read computer code remains her mystery.).

Monsieur Sarkozy presented an economically sound programme with a few exceptions. For example, he proposed to introduce import tariffs for the protection of French jobs. He forgot to mention that this is impossible within the common market of the EU except if he would be able to impose his tariffs on all EU countries. That would make every citizen of the EU poorer because all would have to pay more for imported products in order to save inefficient French companies.

Second, Monsieur Sarkozy did what no leader of an EU countries has done before, i.e. he stated clearly two times that with him as president Turkey shall not become a member of the EU. All countries would have to agree to the accession, he said, and he will never agree in order to save the ever wider integration of the EU member states.

Is this good news or bad news?  

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