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French politics play hardball with comic book

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It seems America is not the only country where hot and trendy media are being used to get the message across. In France, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy is the subject of a less-than-flattering comic book profile:

In a French presidential race where candidates are ridiculed for their looks, height or appearance in swimwear, the interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy is to have his sense of humour put to the test once again.

[snip]Now Mr Sarkozy faces the launch of a 150-page comic book of his life, depicting him as a tracksuit-clad exercise freak obsessed with his TV ratings. La Face Karchée de Sarkozy, published next week, takes its title from Mr Sarkozy’s comments at a troubled housing estate during the Paris riots last year, when he vowed that “the louts will disappear” and the suburbs would be cleaned with a Kärcher, a brand of power-hose.

Mr Sarkozy is the first French politician to be turned into a comic strip. The authors, a journalist, lawyer and cartoonist, described it as a “comic book investigation” based on documents and interviews, although Mr Sarkozy, currently at the top of the opinion polls, did not cooperate.

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