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Sarkozy Critiqued for le Running Habit

Posted on Jul 5, 2007
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Sacre bleu!  French President Sarkozy should consider the more “spiritual” practice of walking, one critic offers.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being widely criticized for his passion for jogging, which some members of his country’s intelligentsia consider to be un-French, right-wing ... or even a ploy to brainwash his citizens.

Times Online:

Beyond the self-promotion, some commentators see something sinister in the media fascination with le jogging de Supersarko. The “hypnotic” daily images of presidential running are not innocent, said Daniel Schneidermann, a media critic. Mr Sarkozy uses the video images of his jogging as “a major weapon of media manipulation”, said Mr Schneidermann.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 5, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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I thought running backwards was the French national sport.I guess running in France is okay if a German is behind you.

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