Friday, February 09, 2007
Things get more complex in the election here. The Sarkozi machine steamrolls on. Speaking in Toulon, in front of a right wing crowd, Nikola went farther than Jacques Chirac ever went pursuing the racist votes in the South East. Jacques was never forgiven in a speech in the 90's when he referred to the majority of French being offended by la bruits et le odeurs (the noise and smell)of an immigrant population.
Sarkozi, in front of a rabid nationalist crowd, referred to immigrants who refused to speak French in public, practiced female genital mutilation, teenage circumcision on boys and slaughtered sheep in their bathtubs, images tailored made to incite racial hatred in the crowd. Only 3 days before, he stood in front of a crowd of workers and invoked the names of the great French Socialists and tried to say that he represented the true ideals of the working class and the lost vlues of socialism. In just 3 days, he tried top be everything to both ends of the political spectrum.
Meanwhile, his attack dogs are out in the media, tearing into anything from The Socialists. Criticizing Segolenes wardrobe, speculating on her relationship with Francois Hollande. Things never seen before in French politics, there is a lot of just plain shock at the attempt to run an American style campaign based on the Republican model..
Segolene on the other hand has been making media appearances and everytime she does appear, she shines. She is behind in the polls, but on the 11th, she will release her program and become muchmore visible. Sarkozi did a 3 hour live meeting with an audience asking questions that seemed to damage him more than help him. His major ethnic star endorsement, a rap artist called Doc Gyneco has self destructed gloriously on one talk show after another promoting his book which it seems he has never actually read. He will never sell another cd again. It seems that he was induced to support Sarko by a deal to do a cell phone commercial for Virgin which was arranged by Sarkos buddies. Once Virgin realizes that they have hitched their wagon to a lead weight..............
On the other hand, the intellectual community, the immigrant community and a lot of the artistic community have seemed to unite to fight the racist Sarkozi. Artists like Diam's, Le Grand Corps Malade, Abu Malik, Renaud and the entire rap community have undergone an artistic renaissance. Incredible stuff everywhere. The humorists are inspired. Something is really happening here that is off the metters of the poll watchers, the political pundits and the foreign analysts...nobody is calling it right.Meanwhile, Jose Bove announced his presidential candidacy and 3 days later was sentenced to 3 months in prison for destroying corn fields sown with genetically altered crops. He is adamnantly running his campaign from prison! Great propaganda!
Speaking of great propaganda, I'm going to start posting French campaign videos.
Even though, they are in French, there is so much great creativity going on that I have to try to let the rest of the world see it.
This first piece is called Le Nain (the dwarf) Nikolai Sarkozi is a little mean sprited man and there is a special place in the French heart for a lawn dwarf....