Archive for the ‘nicholas sarkozy’ Category

france cuts sales tax on restaurant meals

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

this recession must really suck. you know things are bad when high tax france cuts taxes. the sarkozy run government has cut the sales tax on restaurant meals to 5.5%.

the bad thing about this guardian article linked to here on this blog, is that the journalist fails to identify what the value added tax (sales tax) was prior to this cut.


french socialists reject segolene royal for chaos

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

france’s socialist’s political party narrowly elected martine aubry as head of the party. she narrowly defeated segolene royal, who was the first female presidential candidate in the 2007 election, intends to challenge the vote.

how is the media covering this? it was top headline on bbc world this morning and is prominently displayed on the homepage of the channel as well. although we don’t watch cnn 24-7, this morning we did not see a story on this. the new york times ran an article earlier in the week about how the socialist party, the party of francois mitterand and the infamous 35 hour work week –which has destroyed the frenc economy, had failed to elect a leader.

although nicholas sarkozy was elected a little more than 1 year ago, defeating royal by 5% of the vote, it seems as if he has been the president of france for ages.

mccain takes strong stance against russia; foreign policy advisor lobbied for georgia

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

john mccain took a strong stance against russia in the russia-georgia-south ossetia crisis that erupted during the opening ceremony of the olympics, vladimir putin, prime minister of russia, appeared at. according to politico, a public relations firm working for the russian federation pointed out that randy scheunemann, mccain’s foreign policy advisor used to be a lobbyist for the georgia government. is it possible that mccain has experienced another senior moment and mistakenly believes the conflict (aka, war) is between russia and the u.s. state of georgia?

have you wondered why most of the news reports on the russia-georgia-south ossetia conflict generally fail to mention dmitry medvedev, the current, baby-face russian president?

does this conflict underscore the impotence of most heads of state? well, minus putin. while putin enthusiastically waved to the crowd at the opening ceremony of the beijing olympics, russia was simultaneously bombing georgia. george w. bush, nicholas sarkozy, and presumably other heads of state sat in the crowd supporting their respective nations at the event. so it’s not as if no one has any idea where putin is, if he is, as many heads of state believe, still the russian federation’s puppet master.

obama in paris

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

the weekly standard pauses for a moment to take into account barack obama’s trip to paris. sarkozy notes that france will do well with john mccain, who he met with earlier this year, or barack obama.

nicholas sarkozy modelizer

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

if sex in the city were still around today, cary, the character played by sarah jessica parker, would describe sarkozy as a modelizer.

up close and personal with sarkozy

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

french author, yasmina reza, who wrote the briliant play ‘art,’ was given unprecedented access to nicholas sarkozy during the run up to the french presidential campaign. her new book was released last week in france. you can read about this on focus in german, on liberation in french, and on the guardian in english. unfortunately, it will most likely take 6 – 12 months for an english version to surface. –if it ever does. although the german translation hasn’t been released either.

sarkozy gets a tummy tuck

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

via photoshop

sarkozy shakes france up, in a good way

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

he sent his wife, cecilia, to libya to do what no foreign minister, president, or prime minister has been able to do in the last seven years. and that’s to talk gadaffi, the man whose name is spelt in many different ways, into releasing the six bulgarian doctors (accused of giving local children AIDS) from prison and a looming death sentence. nicolas sarkozy is now ‘in hot water’ in france and in the eu. perhaps sarkozy is only interested in results. and it seems that’s what he and his wife have achieved. the doctors were released earlier this week.

nicholson past his sale date, russians have specific jeans for vodka

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

both kurt russell and jack nicholson are definitely past their sale dates. perhaps it’s time to toss them out?

perhaps one reason putin was able to drink sarkozy under-the-table during the g-8 summit is because russians have special genes that allow them to drink vodka.