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by Lupin Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 04:42:37 AM EST

I just posted something smiliar on Kos.

I found two items this morning in the local rag, LA DEPECHE, that made me feel real good about France.

One was that a survey showed that 94% of 18-30 years-old want to vote in the Presidential, 35% identifying themselves on the Left and 35% in the Center.

94% I thought. Boy, what a difference.

The other item was about a TV guy (Pascal Sevran - no idea who he is) being widely shunned and criticized because he wrote that Africans had too many children and should be sterilized, and he might even lose his job.

Again, I contrasted this with our TV personalities like Malkin and Coulter and Pat Roberson who spew their venom unhindered, and I thought, that's what it feels like to be in a "normal" country.

I remember "normal" In America; I just don't know what happened.

You don´t know Pascal Sevran?
Ok, he is an example how endurance trumps quality in Mass media...
He was on an afternoon slot for eons. small audience, for elderly people. Kitsch.
He was gay, even it was totally unofficial. then with the time changing, he became the officious gay TV guy, and the standard one for stand-up comedy jokes. His TV was still kitsch. And as you know, if you stay kitsch long enough, you become cult sooner or later. But as you also know, if you stay in the limelight long enough, you also become sooner or later weirder.

So you have it now...

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.

by lacordaire on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 06:27:12 AM EST
Right. Sevran is known for being obnoxious with his TV studio underlings. A megalomaniac.

He recently endorsed Sarkozy for president.

But then, he used to support Mitterand...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 09:17:07 AM EST
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He is Mitterrand's nephew, too, IIRC.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 03:28:30 PM EST
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I didn't know... He was admitted to the inner circle of Mitterand, and wrote some book after that. But his nephew?
You don't mix with frederic mitterand, the other official gay on national TV? But with a slightly shorter career in the media.

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 06:42:01 PM EST
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A member of Mitterrand's inner circle, but not a nephew. You may be mixing him up with Frédéric Mitterrand, as lacordaire suggests.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 11th, 2006 at 04:10:14 PM EST
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There's a link between the two items, in fact, Lupin.

Sevran is an ageing beau who is followed by "seniors" (his long-lived TV show was all about pre-pop-era crappy songs and was probably the Most Watched Show in the old folks' homes of France).

He supports Sarkozy, who has spent years working on his appeal with Sevran's old-age public. Security, law'n'order, fear...

Now he's stuck with it. The centre has been taken up by others, mostly Royal. Sarko is trying to play Mr Nice Guy to shake off his rightist image, but it may be too late.

He'll get a majority of the age vote, but look at those survey numbers on the youth vote.

It looks as though Sarko got the right endorsement, with Sevran... ;)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 09:27:47 AM EST
I confess I had/have no idea who Sevran was/is. Never heard of him before. But then we don't watch French TV.

Your explanations make perfect sense though.

by Lupin on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 10:26:27 AM EST
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Looks like a lot of young people are registering on the electoral roll. A few days ago, a friend of mine had to wait an hour and a half to register because of the number of people doing the same. She is 28 and said she was the oldest of the queue...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 05:48:36 PM EST
any American TV commenter making that sort of statement would be fired instantly.

Coutlergeist, malkin et al wouldn't dare touch the race card.   Look at the stink raised over mel gibson and "kramer" not to mention Al Campanis and Trent Lott.

Savaging liberals/non Christians is another kettle of fish.  And I hardly think the Sarkozys of the world are any better than the Fox Spews bigots.  

Now if you want to compare pastry I'll cry uncle instantly.

by HiD on Sun Dec 10th, 2006 at 10:20:56 PM EST

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