Friday, May 04, 2007

Segolene to France: vote for me, or else

The French Socialist party candidate, Segolene Royal, still trailing in the polls leading up to this weekend's presidential election , seems to have thrown decorum to the wind, by appealing to the same xenophobia that she has accused her opponent Sarkozy of playing to (and being guilty of).
From Yahoo:

"Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice," Royal told RTL radio.
"It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won)," she said.
Pressed on whether there would be actual violence, Royal said: "I think so, I think so," referring specifically to France's volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.
A relaxed Sarkozy laughed off her comments.
"She's not in a good mood this morning. It must be the opinion polls," he told Europe 1 radio.
"She's finishing in violence, in a certain state of feverishness," he told reporters during a trip to the Alps. "When I hear her remarks, I wonder why a woman of her qualities carries such violent feelings. It adds nothing to the debate."
Yes, it is her "responsibility" to warn the French that there exists a veritable army of barbarian marauders poised to burn down the nation... a bleak fate only to be averted by pleasing the barbarians through the selection of a Socialiste to the presidency of France. Funny that no one asks her why such an appalling criminal element would seemingly welcome a Royal presidency... what is it about the socialist candidate that violent brutes would find so calming? If I knew that a thug preferred a particular candidate to win over another, I'd be more drawn towards the side that the bad guys are opposed to. But then, I'm not a socialist.

From Yahoo France, more of the socialist's hyperbolic last-minute campaign rhetoric, where she seems to predict a return to the dark ages should voters exercise free will in their selection process and blaspheme against nature by picking Sarkozy over her: [my translation from the original french]

"There remains two days to stand up (...) to seize your ballot (...) Stand up for a strong France (...) Stand up for light!" she declared, exalting, during a public meeting at Lorient in mid-afternoon.


zazie said...

Of course, nobody in their sense should vote for Royal, nicknamed "Notre-Dame de Bourde" by some people . Personally, I'd rather call her a "she-shark" (is there a specific word for the female of the species ?).
But Sarkozy ? No, non, nein, niet ! He's made of the stuff dictators are made of....
N.B. "une bourde" : "a blunder"

zazie said...

Here, in France, it is 7p.m.....people can vote until 8p.m., so officially nobody knows the result, but our Swiss neighbours give it on ! We shall have Sarko ; May God have mercy on us !

Charles Henry said...

Zazie, it feels like the entire world has its eyes on France these days, thanks to this election. Let's hope that this results in them "seeing" more people like you, the hard-working kind folk who are the true soul of France, whose glory keeps getting trampled by buffoons in the dirigiste elite and the violent thugs their policies encourage.
They call Sarkozy "fascist", but it was the other candidate that warned voters that her supporters would go on a rampage unless she was elected..! Talk about subverting the political process. Well, at least she was telling the truth, for once: today I read that over 300 cars were burned the night of Sarkozy's victory.

zazie said...

to Charles Henry,
You are right that woman I called a "she-shark" is a fascist ; and so is Sarkozy (I can't bring myself to calling him "president"!), since the troubles you mention have hardly been mentioned on French TV ; and when they have been, they were so minimized that most people must have thought "everything OK" in this wonderful country of ours ; except of course those whose cars have gone in smoke, whose children have seen their school-buildings going the same way, whose friends or families have had a narrow escape when their buses were hit by molotov cocktails....
I am no longer hard working (retired !), but you are right : I used to be because I have never forgotten what my grandmother told me once :"whatever you become, be the best of what you are" ; one may wonder how a kid would react to such a piece of advice nowadays ?