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July 14, 2005

Can I Vote In France?

The French -- who, Dennis Miller said, he would call scumbags, but that would be a disservice to bags filled with scum -- really seemed to want to vote for the ultra-Gallic John Kerry in the 2004 election.

I'm beginning to understand this whole cross-national voting thing:

M Chirac’s biggest needling is coming from within his own camp, in the person of Nicolas Sarkozy, the cabinet minister and leader of the President’s UMP party who is campaigning to take the Élysée Palace in 2007.

M Sarkozy, 50, is using Britain as a weapon. He said: “Who would have thought that in 30 years, Great Britain would become a leading light in the world ? They have modernised the country, fundamentally revised their values, abandoned taboos and achieved a great ambition.”

M Sarkozy infuriated M Chirac by dismissing his “policies of 50 years ago” and saying that there was no point in his Bastille Day show since he had nothing new to say. Such insubordination underlined M Chirac’s declining authority as he sought to explain his latest recipe for cutting unemployment yesterday.

M Sarkozy is known to be pro-American, too... or at least as pro-American as is politically permissible in France.

And, yeah, I know not all Frenchmen -- or "Frogs," as my pappy calls 'em -- are scumbags. Merely 55-65%.


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