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Sarkozy movie scares off backers

A new film about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power scared off promoters with its red-hot political theme, its producers said on Friday. “We were faced with a hot potato. Everyone threw it on to someone else,” said Eric Altmayer, joint producer of the movie titled ‘La Conquete’ (‘Conquest’), in an interview.
“From the start, the project was considered dangerous and risky,” he said, adding that French public television channels “all turned the film down.” “The script

Sarkozy scrambles to curb scandals

PARIS – Scrambling to limit damage from scandals over ministers’ holidays in Tunisia and Egypt, French President Nicolas Sarkozy gives a TV interview on Thursday to smooth the bumps at the start of a big year. With the lines already being drawn for his re-election battle in 2012, and no sign of a rise in his low approval rating, Sarkozy is to field citizens’ questions and is expected to speak for the first time on the holidays affair.
The hottest topic facing him is the admission

Mideast Christians victims of ‘cleansing’: Sarkozy

PARIS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday said Christian minorities in the Middle East are victims of “religious cleansing”, following deadly attacks on churches in the region.
“We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly wicked programme of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing,” he said in an annual New Year’s address to religious leaders.
An attack on a Coptic church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on

Sarkozy rules out French military intervention in I Coast

PARIS – President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said French troops had no reason to get involved in “the internal affairs of Ivory Coast,” where strongman Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down as president.
Sarkozy also repeated his support for Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of November’s Ivorian presidential elections.
French Defence Minister Alain Juppe said earlier Tuesday that France’s troops in Ivory Coast would not “take the initiative” to

Pakistan slams terrorism remarks by Sarkozy, Merkel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conveyed its displeasure and disappointment to France and Germany over the reported remarks by their leaders, wherein they condemned Islamabad for being unable to eliminate Al Qaeda and Taliban safe havens.
At the end of his recent visit to India, French President Nicolas Sarkozi said, “It is unacceptable that Al Qaeda and Taliban find safe havens in Pakistan.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference in Berlin with

Sarkozy slams Pakistan as he marks Mumbai attacks

MUMBAI: French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Pakistan on Tuesday for allowing extremist “safe havens” in the Tribal Areas, as he paid tribute to the victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sarkozy, in Mumbai on the last day of a four-day visit to India, said it was “unacceptable” that terror networks could find refuge in Pakistan and use it as a springboard to attack India, French troops in Afghanistan or other countries.
“It is unacceptable that India’s security can be

Sarkozy calls on India to back G20 agenda

BANGALORE: President Nicolas Sarkozy urged India on Saturday to support France’s agenda of reforming the global monetary system during its presidency of the G20 and hinted a nuclear deal could be signed on his trip.
The French president started his four-day visit in the southern technology hub of Bangalore. He leads a delegation of 50 senior businessmen as well as top cabinet officials, including Economy Minister Christine Lagarde. He wants to push an ambitious agenda

Sarkozy eyes defence, nuclear contracts in India

PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy heads to India on Saturday to try to sell French fighter jets and nuclear technology to the Asian giant while his pop star wife Carla Bruni pursues her AIDS charity work.
Sarkozy is taking seven ministers and a bevy of French industrialists along on the four-day trip, his first visit to a G20 state since France took the presidency of the group of developed and major developing economic powers. It shows France’s “recognition” of India’s position as

Sarkozy calls reporters ‘paedophiles’ over Karachi affair reports

PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out when asked about alleged 1995 Pakistani arms kickbacks, saying that if journalists questioned him without proof he might as well call them all paedophiles.
“This is crazy,” Sarkozy told journalists on Friday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Lisbon in an exchange that was picked up by French Internet sites late Monday.
“No one among you believes I arranged bribes and kickbacks for submarines for Pakistan, it’s

Britain’s Cameron, France’s Sarkozy sign defence treaties

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed two landmark defence treaties at a summit in London on Tuesday.
“Today we open a new chapter in a long history of cooperation on defence and security between Brirtain and France,” Cameron told a joint press conference with the French leader at a Foreign Office mansion in central London.
Cameron also said that the recent foiled parcel bomb plot which originated in Yemen had highlighted

Sarkozy hopes end in sight for French pension protest

President Nicolas Sarkozy hopes to put his titanic battle to raise France’s retirement age behind him this week by signing the measure into law despite a new wave of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.
With thousands of families heading off for school half-term holidays, and lawmakers expected to give the pensions bill their formal final approval on Wednesday, Sarkozy hopes the mass protest movement will die away.
But, with opinion polls showing the embattled