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Subject: France's Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins
Softwar    5/4/2007 12:19:05 PM
"" France's Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins PARIS (Reuters) - Socialist opponent Segolene Royal said on Friday that France risks violence and brutality if her opponent right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday's presidential election. On the last day of official campaigning, opinion polls showed Sarkozy enjoyed a commanding lead over Royal, who accused the former interior minister of lying and polarizing France. "Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice," Royal told RTL radio. "It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won)," she said. Pressed on whether there would be actual violence, Royal said: "I think so, I think so," referring specifically to France's volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005. Royal went on the offensive during a fiery television debate between the two on Wednesday night when Sarkozy, portrayed as ruthlessly ambitious by his opponents, questioned whether she was cool enough to become France's first woman president. Sarkozy's performance buttressed his lead in the polls and a TNS Sofres survey published on Friday showed him at 54.5 percent, compared to 45.5 percent for the Socialist. An IPSOS poll put him on 54 percent against 46 percent for Royal. "It is hard to imagine the trend being reversed," TNS Sofres deputy head Brice Teinturier told a news conference. A senior Royal aide conceded the situation was serious. "I have said that if the difference between Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal was more than 5 points, the second round would be difficult," Royal's adviser Julien Dray told RFI radio. "We will have to wait and see what is happening at the polls on Sunday and draw the consequences afterwards," he added, saying long-standing divisions within the Socialist camp "have not always helped things." Analysts say a fresh defeat for the Socialists, who have not held the presidency since Francois Mitterrand retired in 1995, could spark a crisis in the party which has not undergone the painful reforms of other European leftist parties. VIOLENCE However, Royal refused to concede defeat, saying opinion polls could not be trusted. "There is therefore still hope for those who think that it is all still to play for," she said during a last minute campaign whirl through the northwestern region of Brittany. At the start of her campaign, Royal refused to refer to her opponent, but with time running against her she has changed tactics and has relentlessly lambasted him this past week. On Friday she said he had exacerbated social tensions during his time as interior minister and added that he was unable to enter some neighborhoods for fear of provoking violence. The suburbs were hit by widespread riots in 2005. A relaxed Sarkozy laughed off her comments. "She's not in a good mood this morning. It must be the opinion polls," he told Europe 1 radio. "She's finishing in violence, in a certain state of feverishness," he told reporters during a trip to the Alps. "When I hear her remarks, I wonder why a woman of her qualities carries such violent feelings. It adds nothing to the debate." Sarkozy topped the first round vote on April 22 with 31.2 percent of the ballot against 25.9 percent for Royal. Campaigning for the second round ends at midnight ahead of voting in some of France's overseas territories on Saturday. The rest of the nation will vote on Sunday. France has 44.5 million registered voters. Polling stations close at 1800 GMT and the first projections of the result are due soon afterwards.
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verdunjp       5/4/2007 12:58:15 PM
Royale's comments look like a riot call. Totally unacceptable and irresponsable in a democratic country.
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verdunjp       5/4/2007 1:01:28 PM
I should have said: Royale's comments look like a riot call. Totally unacceptable and irresponsable for a democratic leader.
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swhitebull    Typical Communist Tactics (even if she isnt)    5/5/2007 6:24:12 PM
Desperate times call for desperate rhetoric

Nicolas Sarkozy remains the favorite in Sunday's French presidential election but, as the Washington Post points out, he's no favorite in the gang-ridden, heavily-minority suburbs of Paris. And his opponent, the opportunistic Segolene Royal, is playing this card as she tries desperately to catch up with Sarkozy. First, she has campaigned tirelessly for votes in these neighborhoods. Her voter registration campaigns pumped up turnout in the Senie-Saint-Denis department, where the 2005 riots began, from 64 percent in 2002 to 82 percent this year. And she outpolled Sarkozy in the first round by 42-20 percent in this department, her best showing anywhere in France.

Second, Royal is warning other voters that a Sarkozy victory will bring new riots. "It is my responsibility," she intoned yesterday, "to alert people to the risk of [Sarkozy's] candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country [if he won]." Going further, Royal flatly predicted that a Sarkozy victory actually would produce violence.

In fairness, Royal isn't the only one predicting this. The Post quotes the 18 year-old son of Senegalese immigrants as saying, "there are going to riots if Sarkozy is elected." And an "unemployed economist" whose parents emigrated from Cameroon showed an exquisite appreciation of democracay when he told the Post that the people in his neighborhood were willing to put their faith in the ballot box but that "if Sarkozy is elected, it means we haven't been heard, and we'll trash everything."

Meanwhile the latest polls have Sarkozy up by 9 to 10 percentage points.

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verdunjp       5/5/2007 11:55:35 PM
By showing the possibility of violence, Royale, by her rank, legitimates it. Totaly unacceptable. This is sheap politic.
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Claymore       5/6/2007 12:59:04 AM
Yep, left wingers pretty much act like thugs when the low class of society is always on their side
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swhitebull    Thank Goodness for the Bloggers: 'Misguided Youths' Begin their Riots   5/6/2007 5:37:14 PM
From LittleGreenFootballs:
More Violence in France

Mainstream media apparently have better things to report, because there’s almost nothing on the wires about the disturbances in France. Luckily we have the blogosphere, and No Pasaran is on top of the news as the “youths” begin ratcheting up the violence and Islamic leaders issue threats: More violence following Sarkozy’s big win.

Mohamed Mechmache, President of AC Le Feu — an association created following the November 2005 riots, has ominously warned that that “France did not understand the message sent during the riots in October and November of 2005.”

In Lille, just before 22h00, around 200 anarchists French youths with black flags grouped around the Grand Place and chanted “Fascist Sarko, the people will have your hide”. After pelting riot police, the demonstrators were dispersed. One demonstrator was injured.

Firemen in the south of Lille have answered 20 alarms for torched vehicles.

Around 100 demonstrators grouped around the Place Kléber in Strasbourg slightly after 21h00 and chanted “Sarkozy fasciste”.


'Youths' Rioting in Paris

Riots have broken out at the Place de la Bastille.

Riot police in Paris fired tear gas into crowds which gathered after Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential election victory.

The disturbances happened at the

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swhitebull    How Many Cars Will Be Torched by those "Misguided Youths?"   5/6/2007 6:14:34 PM
LGF Poll: How Many Cars Will Be Torched?

By most accounts, Nicolas Sarkozy is about to be elected president of France, despite Segolene Royal’s warning of violence. So here’s a simple question about the aftermath of the election:

Following the election of conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy as French president, how many cars will the "youths" burn?
Less than 100
100 - 500
500 - 1000
More than 1000
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