Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bayrou wants Olympic boycott


UDF candidate Francois Bayrou, who has seen his soaring fortunes recede somewhat in the past few days, suggested last night that France should boycott the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, so long as China does not pressure Sudan to stop the Darfur crisis.

"There is nothing easier than stopping this tragedy, this genocide. If this drama does not stop, France would do itself credit by not coming to the Olympic Games."

To provide some context, he made these remarks at a rally about Darfur, in which President Jacques Chirac and Socialist candidate Segolene Royal also spoke. I am sure Bayrou's heart is in the right place, but one wonders if his decision would gain general support by the little fact that the 2012 games will not be in Paris.

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