TWEETING THE SARKOZY-HOLLANDE DEBATE http://bit.ly/KdNF68
More shots by Tracy McNicoll
Is it just us, or do the folks at Bastille look like they’re younger and having more fun than the Sarkozy people at Trocadero or the LePenistes at l’Opéra?
The guy with the Temps des Cerises sign calls out, “Ça c’est de la manif! Au Trocadéro, c’est une réunion de Tupperware!” (Now this is a real demo! Sarkozy’s rally at Trocadero is a Tupperware party!)
The young people standing up on the Bastille statue pillars chanted a demo standard: “Sarko, t’es foutu! La jeunesse est dans la rue!” (Sarko, you’re screwed! The youth is in the streets!)
It’s been a day of kids on their parents’ shoulders. The one in this set is clapping along to l’Internationale, the 19th-century socialist anthem, blaring from a union van’s PA.
The lefty and far-right demos had something else in common: the Sarko Dégage paraphernalia.
— Tracy McNicoll
Marine Le Pen says she’ll cast a blank ballot, choosing neither Sarkozy nor Hollande. No surprise there.
Meanwhile, at the back of the crowd, bikes and dogs.
The Paris Bureau Chief is looking almost as ragged as the campaign posters in this brief video from the day after a long French election night. Filmed April 23 at Place Jacques Bainville between Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Dominique.
@csdickey for @thedailybeast
Apr 22, 2012 9:58 AM EDT
The French president will survive today’s vote. But to win the runoff in May, he’ll have to stop running against himself. Christopher Dickey on how the incumbent turned underdog.
(Photo of Le Parisien newspaper on the counter at Le Royal Péreire café on Sunday morning. See below.)
Self-Portraits of the French Presidential Candidates: This copy of Le Parisien was open on the “zinc” where we had a sandwich today. The candidates were asked to take pictures of themselves in front of a camera on a tripod with studio lighting. All complied. But some clearly enjoyed the experience more than others. Marine Le Pen “was transformed in front of the lens,” writes Le Parisien. Hollande looked confident, or at least well coached. Sarkozy … Well, Sarkozy wasn’t happy about the whole thing: “What’s this photo session? I don’t much like this, you know.” Despite urging from an aide to get with the game, Sarkozy stood there stone solemn, squeezed off two pictures, and left.