March 30, 2014
Paris, France
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits on a bench with his wife and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy after voting at a polling station in the first round in the French mayoral elections (via Reuters)

Paris, France

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits on a bench with his wife and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy after voting at a polling station in the first round in the French mayoral elections (via Reuters)

April 21, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande make last appeals before France’s presidential election

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, the two leading contenders in the race for the French presidency, make their final appeals to voters ahead of the polls on Sunday. Hollande, tipped in opinion polls to win the two-round election by a comfortable margin, urges his supporters to turn out en masse to vote in the first election round (via guardian.co.uk)

March 13, 2012
France: Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes 
The 15-year-old son of President Sarkozy was in trouble after throwing tomatoes and other pellets at a policewoman guarding the Elysée Palace where the president lives.
Louis Sarkozy, the son of the president and his second wife, Cecilia, was reportedly playing with a friend at the end of last week in the courtyard of the palace.
Their game became a bit boisterous and they started throwing objects at the officer.
She was hit on the cheek and, on discovering the identity of the culprit, complained to her supervisor.
After news of the incident reached the president he went to apologise to the policewoman.
It is not known what punishment was handed out to his son. (via The Local)

France: Sarko junior pelts police woman with tomatoes 

The 15-year-old son of President Sarkozy was in trouble after throwing tomatoes and other pellets at a policewoman guarding the Elysée Palace where the president lives.

Louis Sarkozy, the son of the president and his second wife, Cecilia, was reportedly playing with a friend at the end of last week in the courtyard of the palace.

Their game became a bit boisterous and they started throwing objects at the officer.

She was hit on the cheek and, on discovering the identity of the culprit, complained to her supervisor.

After news of the incident reached the president he went to apologise to the policewoman.

It is not known what punishment was handed out to his son. (via The Local)

March 11, 2012
France’s Muslims hit back at Nicolas Sarkozy’s policy on halal meat 
Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to make the labelling of halal meat pivotal to his re-election campaign has infuriated, alienated and dismayed France’s Muslim community, which may number as many as six million, and the backlash is growing. Members of the booming educated and entrepreneurial Muslim middle class say they are tired of being cast as scapegoats in Sarkozy’s wooing of the extreme right and have accused him of dangerous and divisive election tactics.
The phoney war over halal meat erupted in February when Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, claimed consumers were eating halal unknowingly. Sarkozy, trailing the Socialist frontrunner François Hollande, accused her of whipping up an artificial controversy. Shortly afterwards, with Le Pen snapping at his heels in the opinion polls, Sarkozy performed a volte-face. In spite of surveys showing that voters were less concerned about halal meat than they were about the weather and football, he announced it was “the issue that most preoccupies the French”.
For France’s Muslims – already feeling victimised by a burqa ban, by controversial government-sponsored debates on national identity and by the outlawing of Muslims praying in the streets, a sight Le Pen likened to the Nazi occupation – it was a low blow. (via The Observer)

France’s Muslims hit back at Nicolas Sarkozy’s policy on halal meat

Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to make the labelling of halal meat pivotal to his re-election campaign has infuriated, alienated and dismayed France’s Muslim community, which may number as many as six million, and the backlash is growing. Members of the booming educated and entrepreneurial Muslim middle class say they are tired of being cast as scapegoats in Sarkozy’s wooing of the extreme right and have accused him of dangerous and divisive election tactics.

The phoney war over halal meat erupted in February when Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, claimed consumers were eating halal unknowingly. Sarkozy, trailing the Socialist frontrunner François Hollande, accused her of whipping up an artificial controversy. Shortly afterwards, with Le Pen snapping at his heels in the opinion polls, Sarkozy performed a volte-face. In spite of surveys showing that voters were less concerned about halal meat than they were about the weather and football, he announced it was “the issue that most preoccupies the French”.

For France’s Muslims – already feeling victimised by a burqa ban, by controversial government-sponsored debates on national identity and by the outlawing of Muslims praying in the streets, a sight Le Pen likened to the Nazi occupation – it was a low blow. (via The Observer)

March 10, 2012
Saint-Just-Saint Rambert, France
Riot police push back demonstrators waiting for Nicolas Sarkozy at a campaign rally (via Reuters.com)

Saint-Just-Saint Rambert, France

Riot police push back demonstrators waiting for Nicolas Sarkozy at a campaign rally (via Reuters.com)

March 8, 2012
France
Campaign posters for the ADMD association (Association for the Right to Die in Dignity) show France’s incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right Front National (FN) party’s candidate for the 2012 presidential election Marine Le Pen lying in a hospital bed with a sign reading: M. candidate, do we have to put you in such a position to change your mind about euthanasia? (via Telegraph)

France

Campaign posters for the ADMD association (Association for the Right to Die in Dignity) show France’s incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right Front National (FN) party’s candidate for the 2012 presidential election Marine Le Pen lying in a hospital bed with a sign reading: M. candidate, do we have to put you in such a position to change your mind about euthanasia? (via Telegraph)

March 4, 2012
Bayonne, France
President Nicolas Sarkozy waves as he enters his car surrounded by security staff (via guardian.co.uk)

Bayonne, France

President Nicolas Sarkozy waves as he enters his car surrounded by security staff (via guardian.co.uk)

February 19, 2012
Paris, France
France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron attend a news conference during a Franco-British summit at the Elysee Palace (via Reuters.com)

Paris, France

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron attend a news conference during a Franco-British summit at the Elysee Palace (via Reuters.com)

February 18, 2012
Annecy, France
President Nicolas Sarkozy drinks a coffee in a bar as he campaigns for his re-election as the UMP political party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, before his first political rally. President Sarkozy declared his candidacy for a second term on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a wide opinion poll deficit with promises to get the unemployed back to work and to listen more to French voters. (via Reuters.com)

Annecy, France

President Nicolas Sarkozy drinks a coffee in a bar as he campaigns for his re-election as the UMP political party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, before his first political rally. President Sarkozy declared his candidacy for a second term on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a wide opinion poll deficit with promises to get the unemployed back to work and to listen more to French voters. (via Reuters.com)

January 30, 2012
Paris, France
France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to appear on French national TV (via Reuters.com)

Paris, France

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to appear on French national TV (via Reuters.com)

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