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  • After Unity Over a Rampage in France, Politics Drives In Wedges

    03/24/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | SCOTT SAYARE TOULOUSE, France
     Shock and solidarity gave way to political recrimination and criticism here on Friday, one day after the police killed a 23-year-old self-proclaimed jihadist, as government officials were put on the defensive about whether intelligence failures cost his seven victims their lives. With the first round of the presidential election just weeks away, most major candidates had suspended their campaigns in light of the crisis. But as investigators sought to confirm that Mohammed Merah acted alone, as he claimed, politics began in earnest again. François Hollande, the Socialist front-runner in the presidential race, spoke of a “flaw” in the mechanism to...
  • Toulouse gunman dies in hail of bullets during police raid

    03/22/2012 7:35:43 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 46 replies
    France24.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Staff
    Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old man who confessed to killing three French soldiers and four people at a Jewish school, died from a gunshot wound to the head Thursday after police stormed his home in Toulouse following a 32-hour stand-off.   In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the apartment of an Islamist extremist Thursday, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being shot in the head. Mohamed Merah, 23, was wanted in the deaths of three French paratroopers, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi - all killed...
  • Sarkozy stands to gain most from arrest

    03/21/2012 9:47:14 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | March 21, 2012 | Hugh Carnegy in Paris
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s extreme right National Front, wasted no time on Wednesday in seeking political advantage from news that the suspected killer of three Jewish children, a Jewish teacher and three Muslim soldiers was a French citizen apparently linked to al-Qaeda. “It is time to wage war on these fundamentalist political religious groups who are killing our children,” she said.  On the face of it, Ms Le Pen, who regularly attacks immigration and the influence of Islam in French society, stands to gain from what was apparently the first Islamist-motivated terrorist attack in France since 1997 –...
  • A pre-schooler, his rabbi dad, paratroopers _ a look at the victims of a French killer

    03/19/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | Staff
    <p>Seven people have been killed and two seriously injured in three attacks in southern France over the past eight days. President Nicolas Sarkozy says the same person and same handgun were behind all three attacks.</p>
  • Merkel and Sarkozy: The end of the affair?

    03/16/2012 10:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.03.12 @ 09:50 | Honor Mahony
    She needed him to soften the impression that Germany alone is leading Europe. He needed her to give the impression France is still, despite its economic difficulties, a political player. … From a frosty beginning their relationship evolved towards mutual respect. They met, bickered, compromised and then decided on eurozone policy. With France struggling to contain its budget deficit and French banks heavily exposed to Greece, Sarkozy embraced Merkel's economic view of the world—austerity measures until a balanced budget is achieved. He brought his admiration for the 'German model' into his electoral campaign. She said she would support Sarkozy in...
  • Sarkozy gains in polls against Socialist front-runner

    03/17/2012 12:43:35 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | March 16, 2012 | Staff
    With just over a month to go Friday before the first round of France's presidential vote, right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is closing the gap with Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande.  As polls showed Sarkozy cutting his rival's lead after several weeks of campaigning and a swerve to the right, Hollande was also facing a new threat on his left flank from firebrand Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon. Keen to regain momentum, Hollande has made a series of promises aimed at cementing his left-wing credentials. On Thursday, during a three-hour appearance on France 2 public television, he also vowed to boost taxes...
  • Wealth Tax Hits a Nerve in French Race for President

    03/04/2012 1:41:30 AM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 2, 2012 | DAVID JOLLY
    François Hollande, the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, stole the spotlight from President Nicolas Sarkozy this week by proposing sharply higher income taxes for the rich, and despite criticism from the right and many economists, the challenger’s standing in the race has not suffered. In fighting for re-election, Mr. Sarkozy is burdened by the widespread perception that he is a friend of the rich. Mr. Hollande sought to highlight the differences between him and the president on Monday by proposing that those with annual income of more than €1 million, or $1.3 million, be taxed at a 75 percent...
  • Sarkozy nixes halal meat in schools for Muslims

    03/03/2012 3:15:02 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2012, 4:34 PM EST | ELAINE GANLEY
    The issue of France's Muslims moved front and center into the presidential campaign with the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, excluding on Saturday any special indulgences for halal meat or separate swimming hours for Muslim women in public pools. Echoing his 2007 campaign, Sarkozy insisted that French civilization must prevail in France. He created France's first Ministry of Immigration and National Identity after being elected, but has since done away with it. Muslims, and immigration, are constant themes in recent French presidential races, but the topic is rising to the fore with vehemence as the April 22 first-round vote nears - 50...
  • Carla Bruni-Sarkozy takes up husband Nicolas' cause

    02/21/2012 12:38:56 AM PST · by Cincinna · 26 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 2/20/2012 | Henry Samuel, Marseille
    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy yesterday took up her husband Nicolas' call to "help me succeed for France" as she attended her first ever presidential campaign rally in Marseille. The couple were not married when Mr Sarkozy faced the electorate last time round but on her debut there were chants of "Carla, Carla". The first lady smiled as the cameras zoomed in on her sitting in the front row in a black jacket and grey trousers – the chief of Sarkozy's party UMP Jean-Francois Cope and Prime Minister Francois Fillon by her side. After keeping a low profile since the birth of the...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy: I saved France from economic catastrophe

    02/20/2012 11:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinna · 7 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | February 19 2012  | Angelique Chrisafis in Marseille
    At a rally in Marseille on Sunday, Nicolas Sarkozy launches his campaign for a second term of the presidency Nicolas Sarkozy told his first major rally in his re-election campaign that he had saved France from "catastrophe" during the financial crisis and the only way to save the country from economic meltdown was to give him a second term. The 7,000-strong meeting in Marseille marked a return to the political showmanship and verbal violence of Sarkozy's campaigning style. There was sea of tricolore flags, dramatic music, a new election slogan – "a strong France" – and a cheering Carla Bruni...
  • Le candidat’ may yet stumble at Sarko’s feet

    02/15/2012 7:31:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    Financial Times ^ | February 15, 2012  | Howard Davies
    After weeks of teasing French voters, Nicolas Sarkozy fired the starting gun yesterday evening. He will, as expected, be a candidate for his job. The rest of the field is still unsettled. Marine Le Pen is having trouble securing the 500 signatures from elected officials. But we assume that, one way or another, her name will be on the ballot, along with the Socialist François Hollande, the Green Eva Joly, centrist François Bayrou, left socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon, Dominique de Villepin, and one or two representatives of the more exotic fauna of French political life. Le Pen fille is doing even...
  • Down, Not Out, in Paris as Crisis Whittles Away Welfare State

    02/08/2012 10:25:50 AM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | February 8, 2012 | Vidya Root   
    On a crisp, cold day last month, Inaya, an unemployed former Ikea manager, waited with about 100 people in a large, dingy hall at Credit Municipal de Paris to pawn a Gucci bag and some jewelry. Out of work for two years, Inaya, 35, sporting a tweed jacket and dark pants, was tapping the broker for cash for the first time as her unemployment benefits dwindled. "The structure of the French welfare state is such that you don't see acute poverty, but the model has reached its limit," said Philippe Chalmin, a professor at Universite Paris Dauphine. "It's clear France...
  • KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value'

    02/06/2012 8:35:50 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6,2012 | Adam Taylor
    KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value' Adam Taylor Febuary 6, 2012Claude Gueant, the French interior minister and a key Sarkozy ally, has caused controversy after telling students "all civilisations are not of equal value". The speech was made on Saturday, and a copy of the comments were obtained by AFP. Amongst the comments made by Gueant, who is in charge of France's immigration policies, included: "Contrary to what the left's relativist ideology says, for us all civilisations are not of equal value." "Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than...
  • The Sarkozy Effect

    01/24/2012 4:46:33 PM PST · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | Roger Cohen
    In the other election of 2012, the one more imminent, there are only two words worth remembering. The first is leadership. The second is change. The rest, as the French say, is du blah-blah. If the French decide leadership is more important in a time of crisis they will grit their teeth and re-elect Nicolas Sarkozy. If they want change from a president never close to their hearts, they will — as Samuel Johnson said of second marriages — embrace hope over experience and elect the Socialist candidate, François Hollande. On the face of it, Hollande, slimmed-down and cultivated in...
  • François Hollande, Challenging Sarkozy, Calls for Change

    01/23/2012 1:43:01 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 22, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    The Socialist Party candidate for the presidency of France, François Hollande, formally opened his campaign on Sunday with a passionate speech calling for change, equality and justice. “We are here, dear friends, to change the destiny of our country,” Mr. Hollande told an estimated 20,000 party supporters and officials in Le Bourget, just outside Paris, in a speech lasting nearly 90 minutes. Mr. Hollande, who calls himself “a normal man,” is ahead in the polls with three months to go before the first round of voting on April 22. But his lead over the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been slipping...
  • As French Vote Nears, Sarkozy Is Haunted by Grim Economy

    01/16/2012 6:15:36 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
         As President Nicolas Sarkozy contemplates his race for re-election, with the first round of voting 100 days away, he is confronted with an economy reeling from the euro crisis and nearly zero growth. France has just lost its AAA credit rating and must cut government spending. The unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, a 12-year high, and rising. The loss of the treasured AAA rating, while expected, was a blow to France’s status in Europe, making it seem less like a power than a problem. The downgrade makes it harder for France to pretend to be Germany’s equal in leading...
  • From Far Right, Squeezing Into the Middle: SARKOZY v MLP

    01/15/2012 12:50:05 AM PST · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
       With just 100 days to go before presidential elections, the populist, anti-euro message of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, appears to be gaining resonance here. That message coincides with a mounting anxiety over the costs to France of Europe’s scramble to rescue the single currency amid an ever-darkening outlook for economic growth. In opinion polls published this week, Ms. Le Pen, the expected candidate of the far right, trailed President Nicolas Sarkozy by only the slimmest of margins, a development that the candidate on Friday hailed as evidence of a growing distrust among the French...
  • France's Surreal Presidential Race

    01/12/2012 10:40:42 PM PST · by Cincinna · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 11, 2012 | JOHN VINOCUR
    What kind of country would France be if it abandoned its 35-hour work week (it actually kills jobs), set up an affirmative action program for its Muslim immigrants (featuring a zero-tolerance framework for their assimilation), and scaled back its ambitions for Europe as a global political force to more attainable goals?    Answer: An imaginary one. There are no signs of it happening. Roughly 100 days before voting in an elimination round April 22, and then in a final ballot on May 6, the French presidential election campaign so far involves back and forth on possible variations in French comfort...
  • Sarkozy gains ground on Socialist rival in latest poll

    01/09/2012 1:05:41 AM PST · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8 2012 | Leigh Thomas
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cut his Socialist rival's lead to the smallest margin so far in the run up to an April and May presidential election, a poll showed Sunday. However, the poll showed that Socialist candidate Francois Hollande would still comfortably beat Sarkozy in a run-off. The president has been capitalizing on his central role in Europe's struggle to contain its debt crisis, and gained ground even after announcing plans for an unpopular sales tax hike and after Hollande's campaign took a more aggressive tone. In the first round of the two-stage vote, on April 22, Hollande would...
  • Euro 'not in crisis': Italian PM

    01/08/2012 5:03:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EUBusiness.com (AFP) ^ | 08 January 2012, 23:07 CET
    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Sunday rejected talk of a euro crisis and said Rome was open to the idea of a tax on financial transactions championed by France—but only if the measure was part of an EU-wide effort. "The euro is not in crisis, the currency has solidly maintained its exchange rate with the dollar," Monti said on RAI 3 public television, adding that Italy's "banking system is not under threat". "The problem we are facing is that some EU countries have a public debt crisis," he said. "Our crisis is a systemic crisis." Monti, a former European...
  • Sarkozy gains ground on Socialist rival — poll

    01/08/2012 11:33:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 8, 2012 7:39am EST | (Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cut his Socialist rival's lead to the smallest margin so far in the run up to an April and May presidential election, a poll showed on Sunday. However, the poll showed that Socialist candidate François Hollande would still comfortably beat Sarkozy in a run-off. The president has been capitalizing on his central role in Europe's struggle to contain its debt crisis, and gained ground even after announcing plans for an unpopular sales tax hike and after Hollande's campaign took a more aggressive tone. In the first round of the two-stage vote, on April 22, Hollande...
  • Sarkozy: France's future hangs in balance in 2012

    12/31/2011 7:57:18 PM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies · 1+ views
    BREITBART.com ^ | Dec 31 2011 | Staff
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Saturday that the country's future hung in the balance in 2012 amid the eurozone debt crisis but said ratings agencies would not decide French policy. "France's destiny could once again be tipped" in 2012, Sarkozy said in a televised New Year's address. "Emerging from the crisis, building a new model for growth, giving birth to a new Europe -- these are some of the challenges that await us." "This crisis... probably the most serious since World War II, this crisis is not over," Sarkozy said. "Yet there are reasons for hope... We must, we...
  • Peres on Obama’s Warnings to Iran: I Want Results

    12/11/2011 2:34:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    President Shimon Peres challenged presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy Sunday to back up their vows not let Iran go nuclear. “I want to see actual results,” the Israeli president said. Speaking at the opening session of the annual Israel Business Conference, President Peres declared to a CNN reporter, "Iran is the center of all corruption. They kill, threaten, and poison….They are a significant threat to the entire world, not just to Israel. .....
  • The people's verdict: Most Germans and French DON'T want to stay in Euro

    12/10/2011 9:42:45 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2011 | JASON GROVES
    The deal signed by the eurozone countries still faces huge hurdles, because of simmering tensions between the member states – and growing disenchantment within their own borders. A startling poll last night showed that only a third of French people believed that their country should stay in the euro indefinitely. The situation in Germany was scarcely better with support for staying in the single currency long-term standing at just 41 per cent. The figures were revealed in a ComRes survey for CNN last night. It shows how the leaders pressing for closer integration are dangerously out of touch with their...
  • David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy clash as leaders wrangle over euro deal

    12/08/2011 6:59:36 PM PST · by Qbert · 5 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 8 December 2011 | Nicholas Watt, Ian Traynor & David Gow
    David Cameron is at the centre of a furious row with Nicolas Sarkozy after Paris tried to isolate the prime minister at the EU summit by suggesting that Britain is seeking to exempt the City of London from all European regulations. In a move dismissed by officials in Brussels as an attempt to set Britain up as the fall guy, senior French figures said Cameron wanted an opt out from EU financial services regulation. The French were said to have found themselves isolated in their attempt to limit an agreement on tough fiscal rules for the single currency just to...
  • Sarkozy warns 'no second chance' if euro summit fails

    12/08/2011 10:09:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/8/11 | Fabrice Randoux - AFP
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Thursday that there would be "no second chance" if a crucial European Union summit failed to reach a deal to save the euro. "Never has Europe been so necessary and never has it been in so much danger... Never has the risk of Europe's explosion been so great," Sarkozy said with only hours to go before the EU summit in Brussels. "If we don't have an agreement on Friday, we will not have a second chance," Sarkozy told a meeting of European conservative parties in the French port of Marseille. As EU leaders geared...
  • Full Letter From Merkozy To Van Rompuy (The Financial Anschluss of 2011)

    12/07/2011 9:54:33 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/7/2011 | Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy
    Mr President, To overcome the current crisis, all necessary measures to stabilize the euro area as a whole will have to be taken. We are confident that we will succeed. We are convinced that we need to reinforce the architecture of Economic and Monetary Union going beyond the indispensable measures which are urgently needed to cope with immediate crisis resolution. Those steps need to be taken now without further delay. We consider this as a matter of necessity, credibility and confidence in the future of Economic and Monetary Union. The current crisis has uncovered the deficiencies in the construction of...
  • Sarkozy Warns of Dire Consequences of Euro Crisis (TV Speech)

    12/01/2011 11:49:44 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Econimic Times ^ | 12-2-11 | Economic Times
    PARIS: Saying that he wanted to tell the truth to the French people, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday night that Europe could be "swept away" by the euro crisis if it does not change. He said that Europe would "have to make crucial choices in the next few weeks," and that France and Germany together were supporting a new treaty to tighten fiscal discipline and promote economic convergence in the eurozone. The European Union needs "an overhaul," Sarkozy said, to remain relevant and competitive, but he was vague about the details of what needs to be done. "If Europe does...
  • Sarkozy's Popularity Regains Ground On Crisis Handling

    11/22/2011 3:36:04 PM PST · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    NASDAQ.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Gabriele Parussini
    The euro-zone crisis and the streak of European and global summits over the past month boosted the poll ratings of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who appeared to gain some of the ground he had lost to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande five months ahead of the presidential election next May, when he's expected to seek a second mandate, a poll showed. If the first round of presidential elections had been held Sunday, Sarkozy would have garnered 29% of the votes, trailing Hollande by only 1 percentage point, a LH2-Yahoo! poll published late Sunday showed. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen came third...
  • Sofia Vergara's Boyfriend Nick Loeb Announcing Senate Candidacy (Republican)

    11/17/2011 12:15:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies · 6+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 | Brian Hamacher
    Republican businessman, beau of "Modern Family" star entering raceRepublican businessman Nick Loeb will have a little star power at his side when he announces he's running for U.S. Senate in Miami Beach Thursday afternoon. Loeb is expected to be joined by TV star girlfriend Sofia Vergara when he makes the announcement at a 2 p.m. press conference at the Sagamore Hotel. The Emmy-nominated "Modern Family" star is in town to be with her beau and attend the 5th anniversary celebration of the non-profit group BeLive at the Ritz Carlton on South Beach Thursday night. Loeb, 36, is the son of...
  • Obama 'not going to comment'on hot mic gaffe

    11/14/2011 8:44:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/11 | Charlie Spiering
    "Can you clarify your end of the “hot mic” conversation with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as it involved Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu?" asked MSNBC's Chuck Todd yesterday about Obama's embarassing moment last week. "With respect to the “hot mic” in France, I’m not going to comment on conversations that I have with individual leaders," said Obama, "But what I will say is this: The primary conversation I had with President Sarkozy in that meeting revolved around my significant disappointment that France had voted in favor of the Palestinians joining UNESCO, knowing full well that under our laws,
  • With Friends Like These

    11/12/2011 8:32:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2011 | Caroline Glick
    The slurs against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama after last week's G20 summit were revealing as well as repugnant. Thinking no one other than Obama could hear him, Sarkozy attacked Netanyahu, saying, "I can't stand to see him anymore, he's a liar." Obama responded by whining, "You're fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day." These statements are interesting both for what they say about the two presidents' characters and for what they say about the way that Israel is perceived by the West...
  • With friends like these

    11/11/2011 8:14:59 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/11/11 | Caroline B. Glick
    The slurs against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama after last week's G-20 summit were revealing as well as repugnant. Thinking no one other than Obama could hear him, Sarkozy attacked Netanyahu saying, "I can't stand to see him anymore, he's a liar." Obama responded by whining, "You're fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day." These statements are interesting both for what they say about the two presidents' characters and for what they say about the way that Israel is perceived by the West...
  • Obama and Sarkozy Are Appeasers to Evil

    11/10/2011 6:19:42 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-10-11 | Michael Goodwin
    Welcome to the High School of Catty Leaders, where the barbs at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu count as first-rate global gossip -- and so much more. AP Nov. 4, 2011: This image from French TV shows the TV interview with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, in Cannes, France, during a national TV broadcast. For one thing, the exchange, inadvertently heard by reporters at the G-20 summit, stayed secret for several days because the reporters agreed it should. How’s that for brave and independent journalism? Quislings with press passes is more like it. Yet the...
  • Lost in Translation

    11/09/2011 1:28:28 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties
    Noman Says ^ | 11/7/11 | Noman
    Unbeknownst to Presidents Nikolas Sarkozy of France and Barack Obama of the United States, an open microphone picked up part of their private conversation last Thursday after a G20 meeting. Luckily, the two men said nothing of consequence. [guote] The conversation then drifted to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." According to the report, Obama replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!" The remark was naturally meant to be said in confidence, but the two leaders' microphones were accidently left...
  • In Overheard Comments, Sarkozy Calls Netanyahu a ‘Liar’

    11/09/2011 9:48:16 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 8 2011 | Isabel Kershner
    JERUSALEM — The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, told President Obama that he could no longer bear Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and went on to call Mr. Netanyahu a “liar” in a private conversation overheard by several French journalists last week at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Cannes. “You are fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Mr. Obama replied, according to reports that flooded the main Israeli news sites on Tuesday. The Israeli prime minister’s office refused to comment. An Israeli official, speaking on the...
  • OOH-LA-LA

    11/09/2011 8:01:54 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 9, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    White House spokesman Jay Carney allowed that he had no comment “on the specific conversation.” Not so Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We are deeply disappointed and saddened by this decidedly un-presidential exchange between Presidents Sarkozy and Obama,” says Mr. Foxman. “What is sad is that we now have to worry to what extent these private views inform foreign-policy decisions of the U.S. and France — two singularly important players in the peace process."
  • Why do Sarkozy and Obama hate Netanyahu?

    11/08/2011 11:22:39 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 40 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-8-11 | Jackson Diehl
    Though Netanyahu has recently allowed new settlement construction, it mostly has been in neighborhoods that Palestinian leders have already conceded will be part of Israel in a final settlement. This week he told his cabinet that West Bank outposts declared illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court would be uprooted. In other words, Netanyahu has been an occasionally difficult but ultimately cooperative partner. He can be accused of moving too slowly and offering too little, but not of failing to heed American initiatives. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? For five of the six months of the Israeli settlement moratorium he refused...
  • Obama Caught on Live Mic Blasting Netanyahu to French PM: ‘You’re Fed Up With Him But I Have to Deal

    11/08/2011 10:02:43 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 8 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 11072011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    According to a Monday report in the French website “Arret sur Images,” Sarkozy told Obama, “I cannot stand him [Netanyahu]. He is a liar.” Rather than exercising diplomacy, however, Obama hopped on the bash-wagon, reportedly telling Sarkozy: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
  • Report: Obama And Sarkozy Caught Bashing Netanyahu On Hot Mic ('I can't stand him, he's a liar')

    11/08/2011 8:05:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/07/2011 | Zeke Miller
    President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were caught on a live microphone criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while at the G-20 meeting last week. According to a report in a French newspaper picked up by the Israeli press, Sarkozy told Obama: "I cannot stand [Netanyahu]. He is a liar." Obama is said to have replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!" The report is hardly surprising as neither world leader has a particularly good relationship with Netanyahu. Obama has faced criticism domestically for not being a strong enough supporter...
  • Why Sarkozy's 'liar' remark may hurt Obama in 2012 election

    11/08/2011 6:37:45 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-8-11 | Yann Le Guernigou
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes. "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation. "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter. The technical gaffe is likely to cause great...
  • Sarkozy calls Netanyahu a liar

    11/08/2011 4:37:51 AM PST · by pacific_waters · 9 replies
    YNET ^ | 11-07-11 | Ynet
    Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!
  • Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar' (Obama AGREES, Caught On Open Mic!)

    11/07/2011 10:52:07 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 83 replies
    YNET ^ | 11-7-11 | YNET
    The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." According to the report, Obama replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!" The remark was naturally meant to be said in confidence, but the two leaders' microphones were accidently left on, making the would-be private comment embarrassingly public. The communication faux pas went unnoticed for several minutes, during which the conversation between the two heads of state – which quickly reverted to other matters – was all but open to members the press,...
  • Open mic reveals Obama and Sarkozy trash talking Netanyahu

    11/07/2011 7:42:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Nov.7, 2011 | The Right Scoop
    Ynet News reports audio caught from an open mic conversation between Sarkozy and Obama at the G20: Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he ‘can’t stand’ Israeli premier. Obama: You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day! Here’s more: The conversation apparently began with President Obama criticizing Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would be voting in favor of the Palestinian membership bid in UNESCO despite Washington’s strong objection to the move. The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy...
  • Amazing: Journos Agreed Not to Publish Obama, Sarkozy Snipes About Bibi

    11/07/2011 8:09:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/7/11 | Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer
    It's as if they think it's 1991 -- or even 1961. Drudge is currently linking to a "trash talk" story at Ynetnews.com about how, with a microphone still on, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is a liar." U.S. President Barack Obama's response, also audible, was: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!" That's not necessarily the most disgraceful aspect of the story. What follows after the jump, which explains why the story is just coming out now, is at least as reprehensible:
  • Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar'

    11/07/2011 5:43:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ynet news ^ | 11/7/11 | ynet
    Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day! French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not "stand" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier "is a liar." According to a Monday report in the French website "Arret sur Images," after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters...
  • Obama’s Sarkozy remark offends French

    11/04/2011 11:54:21 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 157 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4 2011 | Dave Boyer
    <p>“Obama insults Sarkozy,” blared headline on French websites, taking umbrage at Mr. Obama’s wayward remark at the G-20 summit about the physical appearance of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.</p> <p>Mr. Obama thought he was making a joke about Mr. Sarkozy, host of the summit, when he congratulated him and wife Carla on the birth of their daughter. Instead, Mr. Obama caused a minor international incident.</p>
  • Obama pokes fun at Sarkozy at G-20 sidelines

    11/03/2011 8:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Zee News ^ | November 3, 2011
    Cannes: In a bid to break the tension ahead of the G20 summit, US President Barack Obama in a lighter vein told a notoriously looks-sensitive Nicolas Sarkozy that France's "First Baby" was lucky to inherit her former supermodel mother Carla Bruni's looks. Obama, who has two daughters, congratulated Sarkozy on the birth of Giulia Bruni-Sarkozy at a joint press conference they held prior to the G-20 summit where world leaders will brainstorm how to solve the worsening Eurozone crisis. "I want to mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and I want to...
  • Cannes sheds its black tie image for G20 riot gear

    11/02/2011 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 2011 | Nicholas Vinocur
    The glamorous and easy-going Riviera resort of Cannes turns into a fortified camp this week as French police prepare for the arrival of world leaders for a G20 summit set to be hijacked by fears that a euro zone crisis relief plan is unraveling. Thousands of police have been deployed along the Mediterranean coast to stop protestors traveling the 30 km down from Nice, where they are being kept at arm's length, and sparking clashes.. Police have sealed off Cannes' mythical waterfront drag, set up a second security perimeter around the old town and told 'Cannois' locals aged over 12...
  • Greek vote threatens Sarkozy’s re-election plans

    11/02/2011 10:23:07 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 1, 2011 | Hugh Carnegy in Paris
    The decision by Greece to hold a referendum on the eurozone rescue deal was a bombshell for President Nicolas Sarkozy that not only upended final preparations for the Group of 20 meeting in Cannes but also threatened to damage his re-election strategy. Mr Sarkozy had worked long and hard to secure the rescue deal, finally agreed in Brussels in the dead of night less than a week ago, to smooth the way to the summit of the world’s leading economic powers in Cannes starting on Thursday.  The plan was for the G20 to reinforce the eurozone plan and allow Mr...