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Rebellion Surges Against Sarkozy in France
Outcome of upcoming mayoral elections unpredictable
Demian West (demianwest)     Print Article 
Published 2008-03-02 04:41 (KST)   
In a few days, the French electorate will elect their mayors in every town. Actually, this ballot day will be a great challenge for President Nicolas Sarkozy because the polls are greatly lowering his popularity. Throughout the Web, a great tempest of insurrection is blowing up against the young president.

Some have said that Sarkozy is turning toward a return of monarchy in France. Around the "Palais de l'Elysee," the whole political gentry become characters in some bad movie or novella widely broadcast by the tabloids and the mainstream media. Moreover, Sarkozy's secret wedding to Carla Bruni, the model-turned-singer, stressed even more the political glamour in the media.

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Journalists are now expressing more and more harsh criticism mixed with jealousy against Sarkozy, and very openly in TV debates. During the last few weeks, every issue publicly or privately expressed by Sarkozy was totally rejected and criticized by journalists and intellectuals, day by day. Assuredly, it's the first real opposition surging against Sarkozy. Sometimes it looks as if an anonymous mob is increasing in size throughout the very popular layers of the French citizenry.

On the other hand, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is so cute a woman that she gives France a new flashy and sexy prestige, especially abroad. For example, Carla was acclaimed like a cult rock star in South Africa. Her discreet and graceful mood obviously increases her great power of seduction.

Of course, the riot against Sarkozy on the Web has no consequence in the real world. Nevertheless, one can see that neither protest nor rebellion will happen in the streets of Paris. It remains a verbal protest. We can see the extreme protest as an expression of a desire or a phantasm. Certainly, French citizens want amelioration of their lifestyle, but they want political stability too.

Actually, this rebellion surges within the leftist or socialist party, which lost the presidential election in 2007. This great frustration seems the very reason of the turmoil. Moreover, the usually anonymous mood of expression on the Web favors extreme political issues. For instance, nowadays in France one can commonly find people threatening the life of the president himself in what they write.

Thus, the personalities and fate of John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Bouvier are mainly evoked on the Web. It looks as if whole of France's electorate wants to fall into some great romance with a stressing, dramatic and sensational end. At the same time, Frenchmen and Frenchwomen accuse the author of this magnificent romance, who is Sarkozy himself.

Finally, one can see the gap between the Web -- including the mainstream media -- and the real world as a new statement in the French society. With such a degree of schizophrenia in the media and political issues, the results of the upcoming elections seem totally unpredictable.

The candidates and mayors of the UMP, the center-rightist party of Sarkozy, could win after Sarkozy's recent campaign of victimization. Remember the 2007 presidential election. The whole Web of opinion and the electorate throughout the media had announced the victory of the socialist Segolene Royal or the victory of the centrist candidate Francois Bayrou, well known as the "third man." In the end, Sarkozy won the election. The opposition parties and electorate deceived themselves and that frustration is blowing up now.
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