Thursday, March 1, 2007

The (Wo)man behind the mask

Who will win the French presidential election? Polls may inform our best guess, but there are more unconventional ways of predicting the future.

Since 1992 the sale of masks of politicians have been a replica of the results of the votes," Pousset said, recalling the 2000 U.S. election where mask sales foreshadowed the messy result between George W. Bush and his Democratic rival Al Gore.

"In terms of volume, we sold more Al Gore masks, they were cheaper because they were more widely available, but in terms of money, Bush took the lead," he said. In the 2004 elections, mask sales correctly indicated that John Kerry would lose to Bush.

These comments come from the French mask making company Cesar, which is now selling masks of both Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy. So who's winning?

"They are very close, with a small advantage for Nicolas ... but very small," Chief Executive Benoit Pousset said.

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