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is how Sarkozy has decided to appear "softer" by agreeing to give papers to kids that fulfill a few criteria: (i) born in France, (ii) went to school in France and (iii) do not speak another language at home.

The glorification of ignorance and close-mindedness. It's sickening.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 09:45:15 AM EST
So, when Romania joins the EU is he still going to try and throw out children who speak Romanian at home?

Is he out of his fucking mind?

What's the matter with France?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 09:52:41 AM EST
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Sarkozy got 13% in the only national election he ran in (for the EP in 1999)

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 10:17:48 AM EST
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But he is supposed to be the frontrunner for the Right?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 10:18:40 AM EST
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Yes, sick-issime.

The irony of Sarkozy's immigration legislation is that had his very own laws been effect when his father emigrated from Hungary, the little bastard would not be in France today.

I don't recall who, in the press, pointed this out, but for me it was one of those 'ah-ha ..., aargh!' moments.

Yet Sarkozy, with the media in his pocket and propped by an army of PR advisors, will no doubt manage to spin the matter and come out smelling like a rose.

by cigonia on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 11:13:13 AM EST
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Can we make his rules retroactive?

I love these people who would deport their own grandmother.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 11:15:53 AM EST
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Just nitpicking, but I'm not sure. After all AFAIK his father earned citizenship by serving in the Légion Étrangère, and then he left his Jewish Greek mother when Sarko was a small child. (Yes, Sarko was a momma's boy, a girlie-man who is over-compensating today. I once wrote about an anecdote told by a relative of mine who met him as child, and BTW also about his Hungarian aristocrat origins.)

*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 11:46:43 AM EST
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Thanks for the more accurate details, Dodo. [ although I don't see what's wrong with being a mamma's boy, as long as the boy knows the reasons why he's gravitating towards her ].

So I see Sarko's dad got into French panties ... er, citizenship ... via la Légion Etrangère. Double urp.

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by cigonia on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 01:00:21 PM EST
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I don't see what's wrong with being a mamma's boy

Nothing. The problem is when he later tries to play the biggest macho :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 02:57:24 PM EST
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Except that within a more reasonable world view, we ought not have to contend with penis size and mother-complexes when it comes to the safety of the world's population.
by cigonia on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 05:23:06 PM EST
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Back when I was in kindergarten my teacher was outraged that I didn't speak English at home - you're in America now, speak English. Fortunately my parents didn't comply. Having immigrant parents speaking one language at home while you speak another outside it is the perfect way to learn an extra language well - a hell of a lot easier than trying to learn one in class later on.

btw, what did Sarkozy speak at home?

by MarekNYC on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 05:46:13 PM EST
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As his father left his mother early, I suspect French.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jun 14th, 2006 at 06:36:03 PM EST
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