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Sarkozy vs. the US Media



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One, President Sarkozy is on vacation in New Hampshire. Two, did anyone know that he treats the media this way? This is great:

CONCORD, N.H. – French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost his temper with two American news photographers covering his vacation Sunday, jumping onto their boat and scolding them loudly in French.

The confrontation came Sunday afternoon as Sarkozy and companions were headed for open water in a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee when he spotted Associated Press photographer Jim Cole and freelancer Vince DeWitt aboard Cole’s boat, which was outside a buoy barrier monitored by the New Hampshire Marine Patrol.

Before Sarkozy spotted him, Cole had driven his boat up to the patrol boat, identified himself and received permission to be there.

“He was happy and smiling and he waved at the security people as he was coming out,” Cole said of the president. “And then he noticed us taking pictures and his happy demeanor diminished immediately.”

The men said they watched through their lenses as Sarkozy pointed toward them and his boat began moving in their direction. Coming alongside Cole’s boat, Sarkozy, clad only in swim trunks, jumped aboard and began shouting at them.



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