Thursday, April 5, 2007

Public figures weigh in

Several prominent public figures have weighed into the election just shy of two weeks before the first round of voting.

Yesterday Bernard Tapie, who was a Minister of City Affairs under a Socialist Prime Minister and President, said publicly that Socialist candidate Segolene Royal "lacks experience." He then complimented Nicolas Sarkozy for campaigning with the moderate minister Jean-Louis Borloo, saying "It is a good balance and a beautiful complementarity between repression and the prevention and the insurance of a public utility."

Today former tennis star Yannick Noah affirmed his strong support for Segolene Royal. With regard to a Sarkozy victory, Noah said:

I will be deeply disappointed. For me, for all the immigrant workers, all people who are obliged with the daily newspaper to prove that they are French."


Jacques said...

Besides, Nicolas Sarkozy has a position that seems more and more close to Le Pen.

A polemic has just emerged about his thoughts about the influence of genetics on the human behaviour (especially for the suicidal tendancy, the homosexuality and the pedophily) :,1-0@2-823448,36-892092,0.html

Some scientists and philosophers (Axel Kahn, Michel Onfray, ...) disagree obviously.
Even Le Pen thinks Sarkozy has gone to far on this topic...

romke said...

It looks like Yannick Noah is backtracking. Some months ago he said: "Si Sarkozy passe, je me casse" (If Sarkozy wins I'm off).
It'll be interesting to see if somebody's going to remind him of that statement if Sarkozy gets the top job.

Boz said...

Thanks for the link Jacques. Sarkozy usually knows when to draw the line (as opposed to Le Pen), but this seems way over the top.

Romke, depending on when he said it, Royal might have appeared a much more viable candidate. Then again, such promises are not unusual. Plenty of US Democratic voters said they would move to Canada if Bush won a second term...and as far as I can tell, no great exodus yet!


Boz said...

Jacques, I hope you don't mind that I used the story in a post. It certainly makes for heated debate.


keystroke-ga said...

Sarkozy made an interesting point that should be studied scientifically. Scientists (both biologists and psychologists) have often said that life is a combination of nature vs. nurture. Sarkozy said the same thing and he gets slammed for it?

Axel Kahn, on the other hand, seems kooky. He said there is no "unhappy gene" but it has certainly been proven that depression is genetic and caused by chemical imbalances. He seems more off base than Sarkozy.