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French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in a conciliatory mood while being interviewed on the France 2’s show ‘Des Paroles et des Actes (‘Words and Deeds’), even owning up to numerous mistakes he has made in the past, The Telegraph reports.In the spirit of mea culpa, he asked the French to forgive him over ‘Le Fouquet’ incident — where Sarko spent election night in the upscale Champs-Elysées bar while he was elected president. His reason? His marriage to his second wife Cecilia was “exploding” and he wanted to lock himself up in the privacy of the brasserie, Le Nouvel Observateur reports. Next time, he will celebrate with his “solid family”, Sarkozy said.
He also admitted it was a mistake to tell a visitor to the Paris agricultural show who insulted him to “get lost you stupid jerk”, wished he had not tried to secure his son Jean a job as the head of the biggest business district outside Paris, and accepted it was in poor taste to have holidayed on billionaire Vincent Bollorés yacht (although he claimed “I owe him nothing, he owes me nothing.”)
“We are modest people,” his heiress wife Carla exclaimed backstage, much to the media’s amusement.
Additionally, to bolster his attempt to wipe the slate clean and get back into voters’ good books, Sarkozy tried to show he was not just the “President of the rich” by announcing a new tax on companies listed on the French stock exchange, some of who pay little or no tax in France (Hollande has criticised this move as too little too late). He also promised to cut immigration to 100,000 new arrivals a year, according to Le Monde.
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