Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sarko Chez les Cheminots

If you watched the TV news last night, you saw President Sarkozy in a heated exchange with workers at a railway repair facility. What you didn't see was a statement that Sarko made that went well beyond the current negotiating position of his minister: he pledged that benefit reductions for workers not contributing the full forty years required under the new regime would apply only to new hires, not existing workers. The workers surrounding Sarkozy reacted with immediate astonishment. They knew the dossier better than he, or else he was putting a new offer on the table without having let anyone know in advance.

The unedited clip including the remarkable Sarkozy statement can be viewed here. You'll enjoy the president's jutting chin and finger-to-the-sternum dialog with his hard-hatted interlocutors.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is priceless. The effort, the strain, on the part of the shop steward to not remove Sarko's finger's from his chest is fun to watch. And the presidential blunder is huge. Shame on TF1 and France 2 for not reporting this story.
-Nick