France's first lady (lady???) has betrayed her country in a wildly inappropriate statement on the election of Obama, and the need for France to do the same, like right now! She is almost apologetic that her husband is not black!
Here are excerpts from the Yahoo article, sent by a reader, posted in its entirety here:
Inspired by Barack Obama, the French first lady and other leading figures say it's high time for France to stamp out racism and shake up a white political and social elite that smacks of colonial times.
A manifesto published Sunday — subtitled "Oui, nous pouvons!", the French translation of Obama's campaign slogan "Yes, we can!" — urges affirmative action-like policies and other steps to turn French ideals of equality into reality for millions of blacks, Arabs and other alienated minorities.
"Our prejudices are insidious," Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a singer and wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, which published the manifesto. She said she hoped the "Obama effect" would reshape French society.
Nations across Europe rejoiced over Obama's victory, seeing it as a triumph for American democracy and a world weary of President George W. Bush. But Obama's election also illustrated an uncomfortable truth: how far European countries with big minority populations have to go getting nonwhites into positions of power. (...)
"What a lesson!" it went on. "We French ... should listen to it well."
The manifesto was written by Yazid Sabeg, a French self-made millionaire whose parents were Algerian immigrants, and signed by politicians from the left and right and other public figures.
Obama is extremely popular in France, yet blacks and other minorities are nearly invisible in national or local politics here. The lower house of parliament has 555 members from the French mainland; just one is black.
"We shouldn't be surprised that Obama's popularity is so high here: It testifies to the aspirations of all the children of France who are experiencing by proxy a recognition that France does not give them," the manifesto reads. "It also betrays the bad faith of those who welcome the victory of modernity outside our borders, in order to tolerate the status quo here."
The manifesto calls for affirmative action policies like those the United States used years ago to encourage greater minority representation in the workplace and in universities. (...)
Note: There IS affirmative action everywhere in France. It is known as "discrimination positive" and was first dictated by the European Union. All directives from the EU must be converted into French Constitutional Law.
The Italian-born first lady exhibited optimism in her adopted land, saying Sarkozy's ethnically mixed background is a sign that France is open to change.
"My husband is not Obama. But the French voted for the son of a Hungarian immigrant, whose father has an accent, whose mother is of Jewish origin. (Sarkozy) has always considered himself as a bit of a Frenchman from elsewhere," Bruni-Sarkozy is quoted as saying.
She also took a dig at the prime minister of her native Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, for saying last week that Obama is "tanned." The often impolitic and suntanned Berlusconi defended it as a compliment, but Bruni-Sarkozy saw the situation differently.
"I'm very glad to have become French," she said.
Note: So is Berlusconi!
The slavish imitation of America by France is nothing new. They hate us, but they imitate our defects and revile our virtues. They have completely lost their way this time. Barack Obama is President of the United States, not of France, not of Africa, not of Asia. If he does not realize that fully he will soon be subjected to fierce criticism from intelligent people here. If he DOES realize it he will be subjected to ridicule from abroad.
I realize I may be too generous towards him. But I am assuming that he knows what has been given him and what his job is. We will soon find out.
As for Carla - once a nude model always...