by Ted Welch
Mon Apr 2nd, 2012 at 06:40:04 PM EST
The day after after putting together the montage about Sarkozy below (based on research by Le Petit Journal of Canal+), Nice-Matin had an interview with Damon Mayaffre, a researcher at CNRS (the National Centre of Scientific Research). He's been studying 85,000 sentences uttered in public by Sarkozy since 2007 and, in the Nice-Matin interview, focuses on Sarkozy's tendency to put questions to journalists so that he can answer them and seem be a master of the "precise figures" he claims (falsely in some examples) to be offering them, while shifting the focus to things he wants to talk about. It also suggests that the journalists (who he often attacks) don't know the relevant facts and need to be informed by him, encouraging a negative view of journalists.
|Un chercheur niçois dissèque le discours sarkozien | Nice-Matin|| A researcher dissects the speech Sarkozian Nice | Nice-Matin |
| La formule interrogative ? Ce « C'est un cadeau aux riches ?» poursuit quatre objectifs : «Se poser une question, non pas pour l'éviter, mais pour donner le sentiment d'avoir réponse à tout. Du coup, communier avec le bon sens populaire ... »|| The interrogative form? This "It's a gift to the rich?" has four objectives: " Ask yourself a question, not to avoid it, but to give the feeling of having all the answers. So, commune with popular common sense ... "|
| La forme interrogative comme moyen aussi de construire son charisme : « La technique sarkozienne qui consiste également à renvoyer une question au journaliste qui, lui, ne peut ni ne doit y répondre est un moyen d'inciter l'auditeur à s'abandonner à son autorité : la question restant fatalement sans réponse, sauf de sa part !»||The interrogative form is also a means to contruct his charisma: "The Sarkozian technique, which involves referring a question to the reporter who, himself, can not and must not respond, is a way of encouraging the listener to surrender to authority: the question remains unanswered inevitably, except by him !|
Actually that description is unfair - to pit-bulls; they don't lie. Maybe Copé would call it being economical with the facts. He's smart enough to know the facts, so his repeated misrepresentation of them is a recurring expression of contempt for the French people.
Thus in recent attacks on Hollande and the PS, he's accused them of making Corrèze (where Hollande is head of the Department) the most indebted area of France, making it the "Greece of France", a charge repeated several times recently.
However, as Liberation points out, this conveniently avoids the embarrassing facts that Copé's party, the UMP, were in power when the debt increased most:
|Copé pas vraiment carré sur la Corrèze - Libération||Cope not really square on the Correze - Liberation |
|quand Jean-François Copé parle d'une augmentation de la dette de 110 millions d'euros, il choisit un intervalle qui l'arrange (2007-2011) et mélange les époques : les deux premiers budgets ont été votés sous la précédente majorité UMP. «Notre responsabilité est de 63 millions sur 363 millions», réplique la majorité actuelle du conseil général, «17% pour nous, 83% pour la droite».||when Jean-Francois Cope talks about a debt increase of 110 million euros, he chose a range that suits him (2007-2011) and mixes up periods: the first two budgets were passed under the previous majority UMP. "Our responsibility is to 63 million of 363 million," replied the current majority of the General Council, "for us 17%, 83% for the right." |
Hollande only became president of the conseil général in March 2008, when the department was already the most indebted in France !
The bare-faced lying of Copé is disgusting, but continues; he tries another lie. On 29th March Copé alleged that the department had increased its staff by 50% under Hollande.
The figures again expose his contempt for the truth and the public: 1335 in 2008, 1318 in 2009, 1367 in 2012 (of whom 66 were national transfers).
On 30th March Copé tried to defend his accusation, ignoring the fact made clear in the report he cites that in the year before Hollande came to power the staff grew from 813 to 1174 - a 44% increase, the PS was only responsible for a 5% increase. Moreover these increases were mainly due to a national policy of decentralisation. This guy is head of the UMP and seen as a possible future president !
Copé - Liberation