In a scene eerily reminiscent of when US presidential candidate John Kerry donned camouflage for a purely political hunting trip, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited the Baie du Somme, where he declared that hunting was a tradition to be respected. He went on to speak about sustainable development, protection of natural spaces, and the need for hunters and environmentalists to work together for the interests of nature. This courting of the "hunter" vote follows his meeting yesterday with former US Vice-President and environmentalist Al Gore, as well as a new set of policy proposals to protect the environment.
Sarkozy may be able to play the "regular guy" better than his elite political collegues, but his projection of slickness as a politician is not so easily diminished.
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