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Beate Klarsfed, candidate de gauche en Allemagne, soutient Sarkozy en France | Election Présidentielle 2012 - France Télévisions Beate Klarsfed, candidate of the left in Germany, supports Sarkozy in France | 2012 Presidential Election - France Televisions

Beate Klarsfeld, candidate à la présidentielle allemande du mouvement Die Linke (parti à la gauche du SPD), a annoncé qu'elle soutenait en France Nicolas Sarkozy.

Beate Klarsfeld, presidential candidate of the German Left Party movement (party to the left of the SPD), has announced its support for Nicolas Sarkozy in France.

Beate Klarsfeld, célèbre "chasseuse de nazis", femme de Serge et mère d'Arno, a annoncé mercredi son soutien à Nicolas Sarkozy pour sa réélection à la tête de l'Etat français.
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"Nous soutenons Sarkozy"
Beate Klarsfeld, a famous "Nazi hunter" Serge's wife and mother of Arno, announced Wednesday its support for Nicolas Sarkozy on his re-election as head of the French state.
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"We support Sarkozy"
"Nous soutenons Sarkozy, je le dis publiquement", a-t-elle déclaré  lors d'une conférence de presse après l'annonce de sa candidature symbolique, au nom du parti Die Linke, à la présidentielle allemande."We support Sarkozy, I say so publicly," she said at a press conference after announcing his candidacy symbolic, on behalf of the party Die Linke, the German president.
Le "nous" de Mme Klarsfeld semblait faire référence à son mari Serge, l'avocat avec lequel elle a traqué nombre d'anciens nazis comme Klaus Barbie, dont le couple a obtenu l'extradition de Bolivie, et à son fils Arno, avocat lui aussi et conseiller de Nicolas Sarkozy.The "we" Mrs Klarsfeld seemed to refer to her husband Serge, the lawyer with whom she tracked down many former Nazis like Klaus Barbie, the couple has obtained the extradition of Bolivia, and his son Arno, lawyer and also adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sous la présidence de Nicolas Sarkozy, Arno Klarsfeld, qui avait échoué en 2007 à se faire élire député après avoir été investi par l'UMP, a été conseiller à Matignon, puis nommé au Conseil d'Etat au tour extérieur en 2010.Under President Nicolas Sarkozy, Arno Klarsfeld, who in 2007 had failed to get elected to parliament after having been invested by the UMP, was an advisor at Matignon, then appointed to the State Council in 2010 outside the turn.
En 2011, il a été nommé président du conseil d'administration de l'Office français et de l'immigration et de l'intégration.In 2011, he was appointed chairman of the board of the French Office and immigration and integration.

I wasn't going to hold her son against her, but...

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by eurogreen on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 11:40:07 AM EST
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I've always felt she seemed to be an asshole, and she was supposedly a Stasi agent too.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 12:07:24 PM EST
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She and Gauck are going to have a field day with Gauck, then.

By the way, check out this hit piece on Gauck, basically claiming that he jumped on the DDR-Opposition bandwagon only after the fall of the Wall.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 12:11:57 PM EST
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Quite ironic really. The "Nazi hunter" secretly working for Gestapo 2.0 and the successor state of Nazi Germany. And her competitor for the presidency, Gauck the Stasi hunter... maybe the Stasi hunter will eventually catch the Nazi hunter?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 12:22:43 PM EST
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Yeah, except that Gauck stands accused by Lafontaine of having enjoyed privileges from the Stasi.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 12:29:46 PM EST
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Interesting. And curious that such a thing didn't surface previously, given Gaucks position and role.

And I find it very weird that the Klarfelds haven't been attacked more for their supposed Stasi roles, given the utter hypocrisy involved, and compared to the uproar around Günter Grass, who really didn't do anything very bad, and who was like 17 at the time.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 03:53:00 PM EST
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LOL. It's a mass phenomenon, that's why.

In Gauck's position he inevitably had contacts to the Stasi. He claims he has clean hands and there is no proof for anything else. (There is no proof in Merkel's case either, btw. Ahem. She says it's not a "case") That's all there is. If he is lying, there is no evidence. I am pretty sure that Gauck is completely relaxed. Klarsfeld says she was naïve. She will get away with it too. Everyone who had dealing with East Germany had contact to the Stasi--although many will have been too naïve to know it. At least we can't prove it wasn't naivity...

Günter Grass is in a completely different position: there are few of his generation left, so it's not a mass phenomenon any more.

by Katrin on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 04:29:18 PM EST
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I hardly think Klarfeld would accept that excuse from former Nazis, that they were just naive and didn't really contemplate about what was happening...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 05:27:18 PM EST
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No, she wouldn't. She expects acceptance of her excuse though. I've never heard a self-critical word from her. I think that sums her up.
by Katrin on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 05:37:51 PM EST
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What is the reasoning behind her nomination? It seems that every party has rallied behind a candidate who's somehow embarrassing for them.
by generic on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 07:35:06 PM EST
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"Reasoning" probably isn't the most accurate expression. ;-) They needed a candidate quickly, I assume.
by Katrin on Tue Mar 6th, 2012 at 02:48:49 PM EST
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