French President Becomes Online Sensation

"Get lost" video proves popular

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is receiving a lot of attention online for a video in which he tells a bystander to "get lost".

Sarkozy was filmed by a journalist from the newspaper Le Parisien while attending an annual farm fair in Paris on Saturday. Sarkozy went to shake a mans hand who in response said," Don’t touch me, you are soiling me." Sarkozy replied while still smiling," Get lost, dumb ass."

The video was posted on the Le Parisien’s Web site and has been seen by more than a million people, according to a spokeswoman for the newspaper." It has created quite a controversy," she told Reuters. The video is also popular on Dailymotion and YouTube.

Sarkozy had another incident in November when a fisherman protesting high fuel prices insulted the president. Sarkozy responded by challenging the fisherman to "Come down and say that. Don’t think by insulting me you will solve fishermen’s problems."

Francois Hollande, leader of the Socialist party, said Sarkozy was not acting like a head of state and said he should improve his behavior. "One should not get into a brawl…One does not call down a fisherman or a worker to explain what he said, one does not get into a fight with someone who does not want to shake your hand," Hollande said on pay-TV channel Canal plus.

Sarkozy’s approval rating fell by 9 percent in a month to 38 percent according to a poll in France, analysts say the drop is due to voters who are disappointed with the lack of economic growth and increased incomes.

French President Becomes Online Sensation
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  • Guest

    It’s a normal thing to be angry and the president is not exempted. Plsssssssssssss. the french president is doing well for his country. I won’t count his a negative point against him becuae i know this incident will earn him a lesson..Mr. president go go go there so much you can do for your country and people..God bless you. jane

  • Guest

    The comment above is obviously made by a fan. Pointless. I won’t talk about what the “president did so much for his country”, like rising his presidential pay of 206% (one of the first thing he did); I just like to remind you of something. Recently, Romain Dunant was condemned for “outrage” to the president. Not a rude word in what he said. He just wrote a letter to Sarko, comparing him to Petain. Recently two bloggers have been sued by Jean Auclair, a right-wing deputy, for diffamation. I’d be delighted to see Sarkosy beeing sued for diffamation and see what happen. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

  • http://penfishingrods.com Michael

    I’m sure the fisherman had his reasons to protest the high cost of fuel, just as the French president had a right to tell somone else to screw off for shunning his handshake. Fishermen make a living on the water. If the cost of fuel inhibits their ability to derive a profitable income, then it is a matter that should be looked into. Fishing is one of the GREATEST sports known to man. If you aren’t a fisherman, you should watch this video!


    M.D., President & CEO – Penfishingrods.com


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