As front-runner it should be expected that you should receive the most heat, something Nicolas Sarkozy is slowly learning. Today Lilian Thuram, a soccer/football player who played for France's World Cup team, and who caused controversy last year when "he invited 80 people, who were expelled by French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy from a flat where they lived illegally, to the football match between France and Italy," told Spain's El Mundo that Sarkozy is a racist.
"Sarkozy's rhetoric isn't quasi-racist, it is racist. He wants to create a ministry of immigration and national identity and that's dangerous...When you start to divide people and see one group here, Muslims there, the blacks over there, you teach people to see others as different.
What is being integrated? My mother is French, my father is French. Why do I have to be 'integrated'? Because I am black. You'd never ask if a white man was integrated. France doesn't have a problem with immigration, it has a problem with citizenship. Some French people don't think other Frenchmen are French. If I stop playing football tomorrow and I go back to France, people won't see me as a Frenchman, they'll see me as an immigrant."