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Sarkozy to journalist: 'what a dickhead'

Matthew Warren · 16 Mar 2012, 12:58

Published: 16 Mar 2012 12:58 GMT+01:00

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President Sarkozy surprised a journalist on Thursday when he told him he was a "dickhead" ("couillon").

The reporter was asking about teargas that had been used earlier in the day on steelworkers who had tried to storm the president's Paris campaign headquarters.

The angry steelworkers from an ArcelorMittal plant in Florange are worried about job losses. The fate of the plant has become a hot topic in the presidential campaign.

Asking about the television footage of steelworkers being confronted by riot police and fired against with tear gas, the reporter said "you'd rather have avoided that, wouldn't you?"

"Why should I give a damn about what you're saying?" replied Sarkozy to the journalist, who works for 24-hour news channel LCI. 

"What do you want me to say to you?"

"I don't know," replied the reporter, who looked somewhat surprised at the remarks.

"What a dickhead," said the president as he walked off while one of his aides said to the reporter "your time has come." 

Sarkozy then thought better of his remark and turned, touching the reporter on the shoulder and saying "he's a nice guy, he's young."


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-03-17 19:13:07 by mnml
Couillon isn't as rude as dickhead especially in the way I said it
2012-03-17 05:25:12 by Eric
While I don't think of very highly of politicians, "journalist" are just snakes in the grass.
2012-03-16 19:55:52 by dijondel
What a classic. You should see what slurs and insults the pollies in Australia get away with. If it is anything like French movies, I would have thought that it would be fairly standard langauage. Every session in parliament would open with a bedroom scene. And to think that I was censored on thelocal.se, of all places, for using 'b0110x'.
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