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Saturday, May 12, 2007


SARKOZY SAYS ITS OKAY TO BE FRENCH: The Sarkozy of the Future Jousts With the Chirac of the Past - New York Times 

The Sarkozy of the Future Jousts With the Chirac of the Past - New York Times

A new brand of talk from this different style of European leader

President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, by contrast, does not believe in saying he is sorry.

“I’m going to make the French proud of France again,” Mr. Sarkozy said in his speech after he was elected president on Sunday. “I am going to bring an end to repentance, which is a form of self-hatred, and the battle of memories that feeds hatred of others.”

But when Mr. Chirac pointedly asked Mr. Sarkozy to attend a ceremony remembering the victims of the French slave trade and celebrating the abolition of slavery, he could not refuse.

Perhaps it was a last act of Chirac-ian vengeance, just six days before Mr. Sarkozy takes over. Mr. Chirac and Mr. Sarkozy do not like each other, even though Mr. Sarkozy served as a minister in Mr. Chirac’s cabinet and Mr. Chirac endorsed him — reluctantly — for president.


Which way will Sarkozy now go?

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