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AFP: Sarkozy In Isolation, France Is Braced

From France’s AFP:

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[AFP caption:] Local UMP party campaign headquarters are destroyed after being set ablaze by protestors in Caen, 07 May 2007. A day after triumphing in the French presidential election, right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy went into isolation Monday as the country braced for his radical reforms.

Sarkozy in isolation as France braces for reform

by Hugh Schofield Mon May 7

A day after triumphing in the French presidential election, right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy went into isolation Monday as the country braced for his radical reforms.

After a night of triumphant celebrations to mark his convincing win over Socialist Segolene Royal, the 52-year-old president-elect was seen leaving a luxury Paris hotel accompanied by his wife Cecilia and their son Louis.

His entourage refused to say where he was going, but Sarkozy said last week that if he won he would go into retreat “in order to immerse myself in the office, take the measure of the heavy responsibilities that will weigh on my shoulders, and rest after the clamour of the campaign.”

Some rumours said Sarkozy would go to the island of Corsica before assuming the presidency on May 16.

Sarkozy scored an emphatic 53-47 percent victory over Royal, winning an unambiguous mandate for his programme of tax cuts, work incentives and curbs on union powers.

Sarkozy will take over as president from his former mentor, Jacques Chirac, on May 16…

Perhaps it is picking nits. But doesn’t the headline make it sound like 1) Sarkozy is isolated — because of his radical politics? 2) That his “reform” is going to be horrible for everyone involved?

Also note that almost all of the media outlets are still reporting that Mr. Sarkozy won by 53-47 percent. That was the first number reported yesterday. What are the odds that that margin did not change?

Perhaps it’s cynical to think this way. But it is hard not to suspect that Sarkozy’s final numbers were much higher, but that our watchdog media prefer to stick to the first reported numbers.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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