Friday 25 May 2018

Irate Sarkozy calls journalist paedophile to prove point

Brian Love in Paris

Angry remarks by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told reporters privately that linking him to kick-backs for French submarine sales was as absurd as him calling one journalist a paedophile, were made public yesterday after being leaked by a magazine.

Infuriated by reports linking him to an investigation into possible kickbacks to French politicians in the 1990s, Mr Sarkozy lashed out at a journalist and said he could just as easily accuse him of being a paedophile.

In a media briefing on Friday that was 'off the record', Mr Sarkozy launched a tirade against sloppy reporting, saying journalists should check their facts.

"The world's gone mad. There's not a single one among you who believes I'd organise kickbacks on submarines for Pakistan. This is incredible," said Mr Sarkozy. To stress his point, he turned to one journalist and said: "And you. It appears that you're a paedophile . . . who told me? It's my personal belief. Can you justify that?"

His comments were published online by the weekly 'l'Express'.

Irish Independent

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