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That's a fabulous pic of Sarko as a student. He looks (even down to the fat gut he already had) exactly like today, with a wig on.

<PN ALERT> (BTW, he was first elected in 1981, not 1991... 25 years ago... local councillor of the swanky suburban town of which he is still the mayor). </PN ALERT>

On farming: farmers do want prices rather than direct subsidies. Having to fill in forms to get money from the State makes the poor dears feel like they're not real men. Those who can remember it, think back to the old CAP where prices were managed and a farmer's job was to get the highest possible yields to earn the most money (not all this sissy stuff about managing the environment). In other words, Sarko's appeal is to uncontrolled productivist agriculture.

Just one problem: prices fixed by the market would be too low compared to real costs. All the farmers would go out of business. Unless they were supported by subsidies... So Sarko is talking absolutely empty demagogy. Nothing new.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 02:11:31 AM EST
Ouch, you can tell it was 2am when I finished this diary, after having several glasses of Tariquet at a friend's house. How could I come up with 1991, no idea? But it will do anyhow, bah.
by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 05:02:12 AM EST
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I agree, subsidies are so girly, yuck. It's time we farmers stood up for our rights and demanded prices.

What price do you want me to sell my tomatoes at this year? How much??? Oh shit, ok, so I'll have to sell the tractor, and perhaps put more fertilizer and reap earlier. Too bad for the taste. Oh shit I hear Madrid is doing better, guys there are producing tomatoes for half that price. Ok, let me call them to see if we can directly import their tomatoes. Oh crap, there is an early freeze announced for early October. Damn, my last tomato plants are going to die. Ok how about I forget tomatoes and concentrate on potatoes then. Ah shit, I can't, the river overflowed this summer and drowned my potato plants. Ah shit shit shit.

by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 05:35:46 AM EST
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He was elected mayor of Neuilly in 1983. If he was a conseiller municipal before that, he must have been elected in 1977 when the previous election took place (which isindeed what wiki says)

So he will soon have been an elected politician for 30 years, not 25.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2006 at 06:46:40 AM EST
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Now I remember checking this myself some time back for a diary.

You're ahead in today's PN points race..!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Oct 12th, 2006 at 09:00:52 AM EST
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