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Sarkozy Ditches ‘60 Minutes’ Interview in a Huff

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Posted on Oct 29, 2007

Before the other shoe fell:  Sarkozy apparently objected to Stahl’s repeated questions about his personal life.

Sacre bleu!  French President Nicolas Sarkozy abruptly shut down an interview with Leslie Stahl for “60 Minutes,” took his microphone off and walked out of the tête-à-tête, which CBS aired as part of the show’s “Sarko L’Americain” segment Sunday night.

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A clearly disturbed Sarkozy stood up muttering in French about the question, which was not heard, in a short publicity clip put on the Internet ahead of the 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night.

“You asked me that question,” Sarkozy seems to say as he pulls off the microphone, stands up and walks away from the interviewer, who appears confused.

Sarkozy, whose office announced October 18 that he had divorced his wife Cecilia, is known to be particularly prickly about questions on his personal life.

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By 59rambler, October 31, 2007 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

TMoodie—Look, the man is head of state and ought to be treated like one—with respect to his position—and if he granted an interview based on the provision that his personal life was off limits, then that clearly was disrespectful and bad manners. This interview has nothing to do with what the French think of Sarkozy, if you want to stay on point.
And I suppose jew-baiting is not off point (CURLEY)??  It is this kind of tolerance/indifference to ignorant and fallacious ideas that is going to get rat bastards like Giuliani elected.

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By QuyTran, October 30, 2007 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Someones told me that Sarkozy was losing face when talking about his personal life. Losing face ? He doesn’t even have face to lose !

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By kaaatieee, October 30, 2007 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Hokay, lets not start a back and forth session.  They are just annoying. 

I did feel a little empathetic for the guy.  Of course, hard-hitting questions wouldn’t have been easier to answer, but at least the excitement would have made him feel like a real politician.

A lot of the comments on here are funny: boxers or briefs?!, national enquirer (god, does it start with an i or an e?), the new rich kid with bad manners. 

But its CBS.  The network tends to show programs geared more towards baby boomers and up.  That’s what mom/dad/grampa/gramma want to see, so that’s what gets ratings. In their minds, they’ve got a good thing going.  Why change now?

Just relax kiddies; we will inherit the world soon enough.  Until then, keep reading, eh?!

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By TMoodie, October 30, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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re #110464
Your grammar lesson to Curley was off-point. It is exactly this type of arrogant, bullying attitude that makes America ugly, not its use or misuse of subjunctives.


Having lived in France for several years, and knowing the culture a bit, I can say that many are embarrassed about Sarkozy, and not only because of his handshake marriage ruse. What you have, is a culture fearful of it’s growing immigrant N. African population, and ready to elect a strongman to deal with them. Completely predictable.

A Sarkozy is also inevitable, since France, a socialist country, will find it necessary to move to the right in order to compete in the hypercapitalist multinational environment

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By 59rambler, October 30, 2007 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

Curley- WERE you French, or even Jewish, you’d speak better English,be able to complete a train of thought in a sensible way and have better manners. What you Have wrought is the disdain of someone who can find no necessity to your statements. Thank you for reinforcing the stereotype of “the ugly, (ignorant and uncouth) American”.

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By Howard Mandel, October 30, 2007 at 4:46 am Link to this comment
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I wish Bill Clinton had acted that way when they asked him about Monika Lewinsky. When will Americans learn to mind their own business?

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By Freedomfinder, October 30, 2007 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

Sarkozy has had a troubled time of it regarding his penchant for the bottle,All Leslie Stahl was doing is her job she was trying to get him to admit that drinkig was the demise of his marriage.
Now if only a french reporter would do the same with Laura we might finally be rid of Bush then the two could ride off in the sunset together and drink their lives away.I can dream can’t I?

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By Sophie, October 29, 2007 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment
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I was shocked at Leslie Stahl’s behavior.  Sarkozy had already answered her question when he told her he wasn’t going to talk about his wife, and yet Stahl asked him the same question again.  When she did that, she demonstrated a total disregard for his feelings and his wishes.  In addition, I was embarrassed for Stahl when she made a childish effort to engage him by telling him that his press secretary had also been asked the same question earlier.  Sarkozy was right to get up and walk away from an interviewer who was disrespectful and childish.

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By GAndersen, October 29, 2007 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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It is becoming increasingly embarrassing to be an American associated with the USA.  We are like the “New” Rich kid who inherited their parent’s wealth.  We have a lot of power and wealth but not the maturity to be graceful or thankful for our good fortune.

We are so full of shit most of the time it is pathetic.

It is just a matter of time before the world puts us in our place.  Egypt, Rome, Britain and others all ruled the world at one point in time and thought it would never end. The USA is just taking their turn.  We will be lucky if we last 300 years at the rate we are going.

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By P. T., October 29, 2007 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

A lot of Europeans don’t understand American infotainment “journalism.”

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By WR Curley, October 29, 2007 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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Sarko L’Americain is evidently not accustomed to the Imperial American Press.

“Just answer the damn question…Boxers or briefs?”

Ahmedinejad laughed when the 60 minutes jewboys tried to browbeat him. Hillary did too. Obama seems just to kick back and enjoy the heck out of all these guys. Sarko’s looking pretty bush league, here. Was I French I’d be wondering what I wrought.

WR Curley
Elizabeth, Colorado

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By Donovan, October 29, 2007 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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I saw that 60 Minutes interview and Sarkozy was justified in leaving.  Leslie Stahl reduced the interview, 60 Minutes, and herself to the National Inquirer’s level.  Another example of American journalism (an oxymoron) ignoring what’s important to talk about bullshit.

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