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Nicolas Sarkozy et Charles Haughey

14 November, 2009

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Sarko et son meilleur ami

What do Sarkozy and Haughey have in common? The French newspapers have been having fun this week with Sarkozy’s claims on his Facebook page that he was present when the Berlin Wall fell twenty years ago this week. This is what he said:

Le 9 novembre au matin, nous nous intéressons aux informations qui arrivent de Berlin, et semblent annoncer du changement dans la capitale divisée de l’Allemagne. Nous décidons de quitter Paris avec Alain Juppé …pour participer à l’événement … Nous filons [to head for] ensuite vers Check Point Charlie pour passer du côté est de la ville, et enfin confronter ce mur dans lequel nous avons pu donner quelques coups de pioche [a few belts of a pickaxe]. Autour de nous, des familles se rassemblaient pour abattre le béton [smash/knock down the concrete]. Certaines venaient nous parler pour nous expliquer leurs sentiments, leurs ambitions nouvelles, et partager leurs émotions après des décennies de séparation. La nuit s’est poursuivie dans l’enthousiasme général : les retrouvailles [the reuniting] du peuple allemand sonnaient la fin de la guerre froide et le début d’une période de grande liberté en Europe.
C’est cette liberté que nous défendons toujours avec l’Europe, et que nous fêtons 20 ans après.

However, it seems Sarkozy may have been guilty of a certain ‘inexactitude’, not to put too fine a point on it.  His official diary dates, and those of others he claims were in his company at the time, don’t tally with this account. Hence, the deluge of photoshopped images of Sarkozy on the internet where he seems to be present at every major world event since the dawn of time. Libération ran a compilation, including this version of the famous Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville:

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Le Baiseur de l'Hôtel de Ville

Older Irish readers will inevitably be reminded of Charles Haughey’s similar tendency towards self-aggrandisement. Dermot Morgan and Gerry Stembridge’s ‘Scrap Saturday’ routinely poked fun at Haughey’s pomposity and his claims to be directly descended from every major Irish historical figure from Niall of the Nine Hostages, through Brian Boru, to Patrick Pearse.

The similarities don’t end there. Sarkozy is known for his love of ‘bling-bling’; Haughey flaunted his hand-made Charvet shirts and his Gandon-designed mansion in Kinsealy. Sarkozy is known as a womaniser; Haughey was known to have an eye for a well-turned ankle, as they say. It remains to be seen if Sarkozy turns out be as financially corrupt as Haughey was shown to be.

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