Saturday, February 03, 2007

Then And Now

It's interesting to compare these two campaign posters 26 years apart. Sarkozy seems to be standing nowhere. The background is generic and not especially French. The slogan says, "Together Anything Is Possible" which I find somewhat ominous, although it's meant to be hopeful. According to Nouvel Obs:

The slogan...was chosen over the other one - "Calm Rupture" - which was used by the leader of the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) in late November when he declared his candidacy.

This image of "calm strength" is visibly intended to reassure those who are troubled by Nicolas Sarkozy. According to a poll...51% say they are troubled by the candidate.

The poster of Fran├žois Mitterand in 1981 actually uses the slogan "Calm Strength". The backdrop is a little more reminiscent of France, but not much.

But Vox Galliae points out the absence of the church in Sarko's poster. I don't know if it matters. Did the presence of the church behind Mitterand have any positive effect? My impression is that Mitterand was not a total atheist, but that Sarko is. I have no proof - just intimations.

One thing is certain. In his choice of campaign poster Sarkozy was inspired by Fran├žois Mitterand, a man he is supposed to oppose on all counts.



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