Despite groundless media reports that French president Sarkozy, who is up for reelection in April, is gaining on his challenger Hollande who has promised to undo virtually all the European fiscal pacts attained through blood, sweat, tears and countless contradictory headlines (more here), it seems that Sarkozys' appreciation by his fellow citizens has hit rock bottom. As AP reports, "Several hundred angry protesters have booed President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take refuge in a cafe protected by riot police as he campaigned in France's southwest Basque country." It appears that the European discontent is finally seeping rather aggressively into the core, and the political overhaul which many assume will take the Greek model of bloodless technocratic coups by banker appointed puppets may just not work too well elsewhere. In other news, the French now surrender to the French.
Riot police surrounded the Bar du Palais where Sarkozy took refuge Thursday from the protesters who booed him throughout his visit to Bayonne. Sarkozy claimed the protesters were organized by the rival Socialist Party.
Inside the cafe, Sarkozy denounced "the violence of a minority and their unacceptable behavior."
The conservative Sarkozy trails Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, the front-runner in the two pronged April and May presidential election. Sarkozy declared his candidacy on Feb. 15.