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I was particularly shocked by how it was reported on France Info (someone was driving me back from Clamart and happened to be listening -so maybe it's their daily routine to report things like that, but since I hadn't heard the stating in months I was rather surprised).

It was claimed to be facing huge fury by the commuters. Which may be, but well, I've seen strikes going on for much longer than that without having such an extreme unpopularity. My impression was that they picked the three most virulent people and quoted them like it was a nation-wide statement.

On the other hand, I didn't hear or read much from journalists stating the obvious : that Sarkozy's statements are lies (to claim that Sud closed the station is preposterous -as if they had the ability to do so), designed to be extremely provocative, totally out of bounds (the violence bit particularly)...
As ever, a Sarkozy's statement is mere display that he is among the 10 000 least qualified people in France to hold his job.

But, hey:
"I cannot tolerate that a political party breaks public service and tramples voters' rights by closing the rule of law in the country without any warning", allegorical figure Marianne said, blaming the "UMP" party by name.

"An irresponsible organisation is trying to go around the law, without any respect for its country's assets or public service ethos" and is "gravely damaging the image of an exceptional country," she said during a trip to Vesoul. She evoked "unbelievable images" and Democracy "taken hostage in conditions of exceptional violence"

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 02:39:17 AM EST

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