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French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy trashes the Left:

He summoned memories of the student revolt of 1968, saying: “In this election, it is a question of whether the heritage of May ‘68 should be perpetuated or if it should be liquidated once and for all.”

If elected, Mr Sarkozy promised to break with the “cynicism” of the “gauche caviars”, who he blamed for a crisis of “morality, authority, work and national identity”. Citing the recent mini-riot in Gare du Nord, he repeated his accusation that the Left “systematically takes the side of thugs, troublemakers and fraudsters against the police”.

They’d have adored David Hicks. Meanwhile, in other Left-annoying developments, good news emerges from Iraq.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/30/2007 at 11:17 AM
    1. He makes too much sense.
      He doesn’t stand a chance.

      Posted by Merlin on 2007 04 30 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. What the heck is a gauche caviar? As I always understood it, caviar is a pretty ritzy and high-class item. Maybe it goes slumming in a plain tin . . .

      Posted by Tungsten Monk on 2007 04 30 at 11:42 AM • permalink


    1. Now, I like this guy, Sarkozy, but what the heck are “gauche caviars”? It sounds like a metaphorical misfire (rather as if Hillary Clinton had condemned “right-wing hamburgers”), but doubtless, it must have some significance in France. Anybody got an idea?

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 30 at 11:43 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, I have ideas.  Plenty of ideas.  Had one just a few minutes ago.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 04 30 at 11:48 AM • permalink


    1. My guess is that “gauche caviar’’ is their equivalent of “limousine liberal.’’

      Posted by Sonetka’s Mom on 2007 04 30 at 11:57 AM • permalink


    1. Or champaign socialist.

      Posted by Olrence on 2007 04 30 at 12:02 PM • permalink


    1. Gauche caviar goes great with box wine.

      Posted by Attmay on 2007 04 30 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. Does it come exclusively from the left side of the sturgeon?

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 30 at 12:23 PM • permalink


    1. in French, the adjective comes after the noun. So it literally does translate as “the caviar left”.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 04 30 at 12:29 PM • permalink


    1. Like the Bourbons, the parlor pinks learn nothing and forget nothing.

      Posted by Jeffersonian on 2007 04 30 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. #9: Hah! I think Daddy Dave has solved the mystery.

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 30 at 12:36 PM • permalink


    1. Paco’s back! Just wait ‘til he sees what’s been going on in his name while he was on that mead binge.

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 04 30 at 01:05 PM • permalink


    1. But, can Sarkozy stem this flow? France’s young flock to Britain. Remember the last time the government tried to institute workplace reform?

      Good news out of Iraq? Nonsense. Haven’t you heard? The war’s been lost.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 04 30 at 01:20 PM • permalink


    1. France’s young flock to Britain.

      Hey, with the way Britain is going ever more leftward, electing Sarkozy might even accelerate that emigration trend.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 30 at 01:34 PM • permalink


    1. BTW, I don’t think Sarkozy can really save the French from themselves. I’m almost inclined to hope for a Royal victory, just so the lines are clearly drawn – especially as far as US-France relations are concerned. Sarkozy himself might want to improve those relations, but the country won’t follow; he’ll end up being a slightly more conservative Tony Blair in that regard.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 30 at 01:37 PM • permalink


    1. BTW, I don’t think Sarkozy can really save the French from themselves.

      I hope you’re wrong. If that many French people have the sense to vote for Sarkozy, then all is not lost for them.
      I’d like to see France pull itself out of its decline and once again become a vibrant, capitalist, proud member of the West.
      It’s still got lots of money, assets, infrastructure, and power, so it has the ability to turn things around it it finds the will… for now.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 04 30 at 01:58 PM • permalink


    1. #5 Sounds more like a gulfstream liberal to me.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 04 30 at 02:03 PM • permalink


    1. I do have to admit it was kind of funny (if pathetic) to see a Frenchman on one of the other web boards I read publically apologizing to nobody in particular (head tilt implied, I’m sure) following the release of the election results.

      Posted by Vexorg on 2007 04 30 at 03:24 PM • permalink


    1. What the heck is a gauche caviar? As I always understood it, caviar is a pretty ritzy and high-class item.

      People who think Caviar is a pretty ritzy and high class item also think they can tell the difference between paté and liverwurst.  Trust me, they’re wrong.  They didn’t know it, but they were wrong hehehehehehhehehe…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 30 at 03:45 PM • permalink


    1. People who think Caviar is a pretty ritzy and high class item also think they can tell the difference between paté and liverwurst.

      You mean, caviar ain’t a ritzy, high class item?  ( Bites down on another slab of Buffalo Bill brand teriyaki-flavored beef jerky, and takes a swallow of Safeway generic cola.)

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 30 at 03:56 PM • permalink


    1. Finally, a politician who publicly admits 1968 was a year best forgotten.

      Oh yeah, Paco, this is o/t, but you know those True Chin Whiskers of Mohammed?  (lovely gift, by the way)  I regret to inform you, Mr. H got in one of his periodic cleaning frenzies and vacuumed them up.  He thought it was a hairball (one of us is losing his hair, not saying which one).

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 30 at 05:19 PM • permalink


    1. “gauche caviars”

      My Phroggish is lousy – does this mean “lefty fish eggs”?

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 04 30 at 07:31 PM • permalink


    1. #21: Sorry to hear that, Rebecca. Let’s see . . . I’ve still got a few of the True Nose Hairs of Fatima . . . a True Horse-Shoe of Burak, Mohammed’s winged steed . . . hmmm, what else? . . . Oh! How about this?  . . . A True Unpaid Lodging Bill issued by the Oasis Motel during Big Mo’s flight to Medina.

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 30 at 08:04 PM • permalink


    1. frenchelection2007.blogspot.com

      Posted by monaro on 2007 04 30 at 08:38 PM • permalink


    1. One should never say “liquidated” to a Communist. They’d rather just forget all that.

      Posted by jgm on 2007 05 01 at 12:45 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of gauche and fishy, I was rummaging around in the archives and I think I found KRudd’s First Appearance Here

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 05 01 at 02:31 AM • permalink


    1. Rudd’s a twerp . . .
      Posted by steve68 on 2005 04 15 at 06:06 PM

      First comment by us mere mortals on Rudd – comment number 4.

      Full credit people – you got him perfectly.

      I like the other one too about someone taking him outside to do a wee wee.

      Seriously, how does such an effeminate wanker lead a union thug political party?  The old boys must be rolling in their graves in letfist indignation.  I bet Rudd has never uttered the word “comrades” (but secretly wants to).

      The little pointy faced wretch Gillard has more balls than him.  Love her about face re threat to business to stay out of politics – imagine her saying that to Kerry Packer?  He would have said:

      “And who the fuck are you?”

      Posted by peter m on 2007 05 01 at 06:09 PM • permalink


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