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Sarkozy heckled on the campaign trail

Friday, March 02, 2012 - 01:46

Mar. 1 - French President Nicholas Sarkozy takes refuge in a bar after being heckled on the campaign trail. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy on the streets of Southern France. As he prepares to campaign ahead of April's presidential election he is booed. Crowds of left-wing supporters, and some Basque separatists heckled the French president. Eventually he sought refuge in a bar. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT NICHOLAS SARKOZY SAYING: "We are in France and the French president will go wherever he wants in the French Republic. And if there is a minority of louts, then they can get lost. In five years I have never bowed down to the pressure of the streets and I will certainly not start now for Basque separatists." In a tough bid for reelection, Sarkozy is selling himself as a strong pair of hands to pull France through economic turmoil with structural reforms. Whereas his socialist opponent Francois Hollande is pushing for a hefty tax on the wealthy to invest in education and jobs. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Sarkozy heckled on the campaign trail

Friday, March 02, 2012 - 01:46