Monday, April 16, 2007

Sarkozy follows great leaders, at least he thinks


Nicolas Sarkozy attempted to quiet suggestions that he scares voters by comparing himself with candidates Charles de Gaulle, Francois Mitterand, and Jacques Chirac before they were elected.

"A certain number of people, when General de Gaulle was a candidate, ravelled with signs where he was written 'Fascism will not pass'. These people disappeared, General de Gaulle was elected, the absurdity did not kill them.

When François Mitterrand was elected, a part of the right-wing explained that Soviet tanks would be on the Place de la Concorde, that François Mitterrand caused worry. These people disappeared, the absurdity did not kill them. When Jacques Chirac was a candidate, one spoke about him as a threatening personality.

In effect, all that is good sign. It is perhaps the favourite which one designaes like that because one does not have another thing to say."

When Sarkozy was then asked to describe his role models, he sidestepped Chirac, instead bestowing his admiration on de Gaulle and Pope John Paul II.

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