Soon we will miss Jack Chirac (!!!). Not exactly of course but just because the next French president might be madman Nicolas Sarkozy. I would surely try to flee far away from this country, imitating an american musician who once told me: “I left Texas when Bush became governor, I left America when Bush became president”.
Sarkozy is “the first French neocon” as journalist Wayne Madsen puts it.
His politics are a pale copy of Bush’s on all levels: same security discourse, no negotiation with the enemy, same type of electoral campaigns, same foreign policy, same cowboy attitude (except without the hat), same media control, same rhetoric. He only outranks Bush on a higher level of basic aggressivity when talking to the masses or to the press. He is so american that he made this very famous statement while on official visit to the States: “I feel like a stranger in my country”. Appart from the cowboy hat there is one other thing that he doesn’t have (fortunately), it’s the reborn christian idea, but that wouldn’t work at all in a secular country like France.
In september was the biggest day of his life When he actually had a chance to shake hands with his real life hero at the white house, you can also read a report in NY Times.
In regard to the Middle-East he has the exact same “visions” as the Bush administration as you can read in this Le Monde article . His ties to the jewish lobby are huge. This article on american jewish lobby influence in France ties it all up to Sarkozy to whom they (the UPJF Union of French Jewish Employers and Professionals), vow an infinite support (needless to say it goes the other way around as well).
Here are excerpts from a NY Sun article that give good background info on his foreign policy concerning the Mid-East:
“I am a friend
of America. I am a friend of Israel,” Mr. Sarkozy,
the head of the conservative party Union for
a Popular Movement, said. Among those
attending yesterday’s meeting were the chairman
of the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, Harold Tanner;
the chairman of the policy council of the World
Jewish Congress, Rabbi Israel Singer; the
president of the American Jewish Congress,
Jack Rosen; and officials from the UJA,
American Jewish Committee, and Anti-
Defamation League. (…) Mr. Sarkozy recently
called Hezbollah a terrorist organization,
although the European Union does not list
it as such.
One of the most amazing story I found goes back to the french suburban riots in december 2005, according to a Haaretz article no longer online (but you can find it here in French and English) Sarkozy invited israeli Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra and Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi to come to France to “share their experience” in the field of urban repression. Sarkozy is also the only one to have publicly defended pseudo-philosopher Alain Finkielkraut when he told Haaretz that the suburban riots where of “ethnical & religious nature”, while we all knew that they where the result of a deep social and economic crisis in France that is now a decade old, contextually combined with a scandal involving the french police and the death of 2 teenagers.
On the recent “July War” in lebanon here was, not surprisingly his Bush inspired reaction: “Israël must defend itself and has the right to defend itself”, estimating that in Lebanon there was “one aggressor, who behaves in an incredible way”.
The big problem is that this guy is not an outsider in the presidential race, he is the main right wing candidate and stands a 50% chance of being elected.
To echo a previous post I made I could ask: why are the French so afraid of Kim Jong Il while they should more urgently be terrified of “Sarko”?