Is Nicolas Sarkozy running a Soviet style campaign? That may seem like an odd assertion considering the circumstances, but the Telegraph says otherwise.
Much critism is generated over Sarkozy's use of a converted Parisian theater as his campaign headquarters. Chosen to give him a softer image, the theater includes a huge portrait of Sarkozy along a main staircase, resembling something from the streets of Baghdad before the war. But to neighbors, this is the least of their worries.
"We used to be packed with a relaxed, multi-national crowd, but now everybody is scared to come here. There are just too many aggressive-looking policemen everywhere. It is just like something out of the Soviet Union.
You see Sarkozy coming out of the Politburo every day and he is usually surrounded by about 10 guards. They scream off in convoys of armoured cars, and cause all kinds of traffic jams. Sarkozy is acting just like the old Russian leaders like -Stalin used to."
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