March 24, 2005

Nixon Goes to Paris

Classy:

According to the French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné, President Jacques Chirac is listening in on his archrival Nicolas Sarkozy's phone calls.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that Mr. Sarkozy, who quit as finance minister under Mr. Chirac last year to lead Mr. Chirac's own party, the Union for a Popular Movement, is aware of the surveillance and has told friends that he believes the people responsible are Mr. Chirac and his protégé Dominique de Villepin, who took over Mr. Sarkozy's earlier post as interior minister.

The article, written in the wink-and-nod style of the 90-year-old newspaper, gave no attribution for the charge but many such tidbits in the paper have proven accurate in the past. Most recently, the newspaper disclosed that Mr. Sarkozy's successor at the Finance Ministry, Hervé Gaymard, had rented an extremely expensive apartment at government expense. The subsequent scandal led to his resignation.

The wiretapping allegations were met by a wall of silence in the capital; the presidential palace declined to comment, as did Mr. Sarkozy's office.

But, as is his wont, Sarkozy seems to be a step ahead of his rivals:

The newspaper article, which appears to have originated with someone in Mr. Sarkozy's camp, said that he was aware of the surveillance and wily enough not to be caught saying anything useful to his political rivals.

Bravo, Sarko!

Posted by Gregory at March 24, 2005 04:33 AM | TrackBack (27)
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Posted by: Garson at March 24, 2005 05:30 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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