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Jewish World Review Sept. 18, 2006 / 25 Elul, 5766

France's savior is in the bullpen

By Richard Z. Chesnoff

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He's as tough-talking as Charles de Gaulle and, like the cantankerous general who ruled France four decades ago, Nicolas Sarkozy is determined to save France from its single biggest enemy: the French.

And this is just the man who can pull it off.

Currently minister of the interior under President Jacques Chirac, the 51-year-old Sarkozy is already considered the centrist UMP party's leading presidential candidate in April's French national elections.

He is no favorite of incumbent Chirac (their relations are often as frosty as frozen foie gras). Yet while Chirac's popularity steadily plummets, Sarkozy's is on the rise.

Here's why: Sarkozy comes bearing a tough-love message for his people that's long overdue: Arrogant France has fallen behind. Between lack of economic initiative, ravenous welfare costs and immigration woes, this once powerful nation has become a European sick man.

If the country wants to drag itself out of those doldrums, Sarkozy says, it's going to have to stop resting on its aging laurels. It must radically reform its perverse handout economy - where people work only 35 hours a week - and start to puts its nose to the grindstone.

What's more, in order to win the war on global terrorism, he insists, France has to join hands with its allies - not throw diplomatic tacks in their path.

And how's this for a breath of fresh air? Unlike all other French leaders of the last 50 years, Sarkozy genuinely admires America and Americans. He made that loud and clear when he visited the U.S. last week. Sarkozy told a Washington gathering. "I'm not a coward. I'm proud of this friendship, and I proclaim it gladly."

That political courage would be especially valuable in confronting what may be France's biggest internal woe: thousands of angry, unemployed North African Muslims who feel excluded from mainstream French society. Sarkozy envisages new opportunities for everyone, but he hasn't hesitated to tighten national immigration controls and clamp down on crime.

When mobs of disaffected, mostly Muslim youths rampaged through the poverty-gripped immigrant housing projects of France's city suburbs last year, attacking police and burning thousands of cars and buildings, Sarkozy denounced them as "a gang of scum." France's left-wing press seethed with rage. But the comments connected with most of the French people, who knew the rioters couldn't be appeased.

His message also resonates among French youth, who suffer from double-digit unemployment. At a recent party youth conference in Marseilles, "Sarko" was greeted by the kind of reception reserved for rock stars.

His race is far from won. Chirac hasn't ruled out running again. And Sarkozy's most powerful opponent, Socialist leader Sgolne Royal, is a formidable woman who will have the left-wing establishment - and media - on her side.

"How can you govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese?" De Gaulle once asked. Sarkozy's answer: with clarity, candor and courage. Let's all hope he gets the chance.

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The Arrogance of the French  

Sean Hannity
This book will open your eyes!

Bill O'Reilly
Why do the French hate America? Richard Chesnoff has figured it out and informs us with entertaining clarity.

Dennis Miller
France sucks, but this book doesn't.

Michael Barone, Co-author, The Almanac of American Politics
Americans-and the French-will learn a lot from this book.

Clifford D. May, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Richard Z. Chesnoff insightfully-and entertainingly-explores America's most dysfunctional relationship with America's least reliable ally.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff is a contributing correspondent at US News & World Report, a columnist at the NY Daily News and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Demoracies. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. His latest book, is "The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us & Why The Feeling Is Mutual". (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR. )

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