Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Sarkozy 'embarrassed France' with Obama video conference TV stunt
The Guardian UK ^ | April 15 2012  | Angelique Chrisafis 

Posted on 04/15/2012 1:59:10 PM PDT by Cincinna

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of using a video conference with Barack Obama to boost his election campaign. In an unprecedented move in French diplomacy, newscasts on several TV channels showed the first few minutes of a video link-up between the French president and his US counterpart. Days before the first-round vote in the French presidential election, on 22 April, the rare glimpse of banter between world leaders shows Obama saying of the campaign: "It must be a busy time." He adds: "I admire the tough battle you are waging." Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: "We will win, Mr Obama. You and me, together." The cameras leave before the pair talk about Syria, Iran and oil. The Socialist party accused Sarkozy of breaking diplomatic protocol and embarrassing France on the world scene to boost his struggling campaign for re-election, saying the images "weakened France's credibility in Washington and across the world". The SNJ-CGT journalists' union, at the state broadcaster France Télévisions, condemned the "grotesque communications operation" by Sarkozy, calling it a "surrealist sequence" of electoral media strategy. French media wondered if the White House knew the footage would be made public, or whether Obama was set up. Washington told Le Monde it had been aware that cameras were authorised to film the first few minutes of the conference.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: france; obama; sarkozy; socialism

*** FRENCH POLITICS AND CULTURE PING LIST ***


*** FREEPMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN  ***

Stay informed  about the French elections in detail.

1 posted on 04/15/2012 1:59:22 PM PDT by Cincinna
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinna; afraidfortherepublic; mojo114; seenenuf; LucyT; Think free or die; DollyCali; ...

Hollande and the left have gone berserk over this. First Tge journalists union, the communist CGT, attacked the networks for carrying the conference on TV, then attacked Sarko for trickery in fooling Obama.
Obama issued a very clear statement stating he was completely aware that the first few minutes of the teleconference with Sarko would be broadcast live.

PURE POLITICS!

Hollande is a Socialist, the candidate of the Socialist Party. The last thing in the world Obama wants to do is have anything associated with “socialist” anywhere near him. 

  Obama is unpopular, running in a very difficult reelection. He has basically no record to run on except high unemployment, high gasoline problems and spending the economy into astronomic debt, creating no jobs.
His landmark achievement, ObamaCare, a government takeover of 1/5 of tge US economy, on which he squandered most of his political capital in his first two years, will most likely be overturned as unconstitutional (that means illegal) by the Supreme Court in June.   


2 posted on 04/15/2012 2:09:08 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinna

“Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: “We will win, Mr Obama. You and me, together.”

ugh


3 posted on 04/15/2012 2:57:34 PM PDT by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]


All contributions are for the Current Quarter Expenses.


Every time a Freeper or Lurker signs up to be a New Monthly Donor

A generous Freeper donates $10!!

Please sign up now!

4 posted on 04/15/2012 4:17:13 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinna; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Cincinna.


5 posted on 04/15/2012 5:51:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: EDINVA; Cincinna; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Cicero; 2ndDivisionVet
>> “Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: “We will win, Mr Obama. You and me, together.” <<

Yep, Sarko is an anti-Obama, staunch free market, limited government conservative. And Santa Claus lives at the north pole.

(Back in the real world, the only time Sarko was ever "disappointed" with his "pal" Obama is when O's policies weren't liberal ENOUGH for him!)

6 posted on 05/06/2012 7:07:46 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson