Thursday, March 29, 2007

fuck sarkozy

It's pleasing to note that, over in France, Segolene Royal is beginning to catch up with Nicolas Sarkozy in the polls. This is partly because, where Royal seemed flappable and Sarkozy assured in the early stages, he's been slipping up a little recently too. Most damningly, he made a complete fool of himself on French TV by exposing his ignorance of the Middle East and Islam in much the same way that Silverstre Reyes did in the States.

Sarkozy was asked a straightforward and unambiguous question and got the answer entirely wrong, just as Royal did in similar circumstances when asked about France's nuclear submarines. But Sarkozy's mistake is less forgivable given the importance of the Middle East in global politcs - especially for a man who recently sent a letter of support to the French paper accused of insulting Muslims by printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Asked whether Al-Quaida was Sunni or Shia, Sarkozy nervously expounded that "We cannot qualify al-Qaida like that!", protesting that one mustn't restrict membership of a terrorist organisation to that of "an ethnicity". Quite apart from the fact that there is no ethnic divide between Sunnis and Shias, it's almost impossible to believe that a major politician could be unaware of the fact that Al-Quaida is Sunni. Scrabbling to justify his ignorance, Sarkosy used the fact that the Algerian Groupe Salafiste pour la Pradication et le Combat recently joined Al-Qaida to back up his erroneous belief that both Sunnis and Shias were part of the terrorrist group. Yet both, as Sean over at the Human Province points out, are "virulently Sunni".

Back on more familiar ground for Sarko, it's very little surprise to find that, with trouble once more brewing on the streets of Northern Paris, he has waded back in to confirm his hardline credentials. With mixed reports circulating over the origins of a riot near the Gard Du Nord, he's denounced the rioters as being on the side of "fraudsters, cheats and dishonest people". It's hard to resist speculating that while the fighting may have begun because a 32 year old man punched a ticket agent who asked to see his metro pass, or may have started because police assaulted the man and broke his hand, it almost certainly got out of hand because the young blacks and Arabs of the suburbs are sick of racist police and arsehole politicians calling them "racaille".

It would be foolish to say that Royal or Bayrou (who is running by far the best campaign of the three, and yet who is looking increasingly like a Nader candidate) represent the suburbs much better, yet Royal, unlike Sarkozy, visits Clichy sous Bois and her fellow socialists denounced the riots as a legacy of Sarkozy's "provocative habits and language". Bayrou, for his part, has indicated that the blame should be shared, and insisted that "it is very important to end this climate of perpetual confrontation between police and some citizens.".

One good thing that rose from the ashes left behind in last year's riots is the fact that many involved, previously disenchanted with the political system, have this time registered to vote and their message will mirror the grafitti plastered over their decaying estates: "Fuck Sarkozy".


Megan said...

It is quite depressing how little I know. I am in a little bubble of knowledge and I desperately need to lash out of it.

Anonymous said...

I find it sad that the French can't see how evil Sarkozy is. This is the guy who said if you don't like France, leave it. And few month ago he came to London and said to his fellow French that France Need you.

I saw a reportage on BBC last week, the speeches about nationalism, new economy and so one is similar to a famous German guy, who is as short as him and whose name is A.Hitler.

Well, I still funny his speech about integration, just look at the French in south Kensington London. Always between them. A foreign population will always be comfortable between them.....

Let's enjoy the last moment of the French cultural exception and be ready to welcome more French in the UK

Tom T

Severin said...

Sarkozy is a fucking idiot, and he STILL had the highest percentage in the first tour. Then again, he only had 30%, showing that the two tour system might not be the best to choose a representative for the country...

John said...

You hear Sarkozy is having sex with other women other then his wife when that not true he gay. You can tell him COWBOY knows the whole story.
I spray panted COWBOY on the door of the POLICE NATIONAL and below I wrote house of pigs in a part town were you find most northern Africa people and their hate pig meat. I now tell all French pigs to fu@k off and die.

Anonymous said...

yeah.ur times up sarkozy