The next President of the Republic will have to deal with Iran, Lebanon, Israel - can that President keep saying to people 'I'm listening to you'. You can't spend five months of your campaign saying 'hey, I've got no ideas, give me some.
This is a smart tactical move for Sarkozy, because the sooner he can rid himself of his meddlesome colleagues, the sooner he will have the chance to whittle away at Royal's currently sparkling public image. How soon he is successful is a different story.
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