‘Sarkozy show’ airs live on TV as president aims to win back voters

Assailed from all sides over a string of policy fiascos, the media-conscious French president took to the airwaves Monday night for a 90-minute slot on the country’s biggest private channel, TF1, to try to improve his public image. The appearance, billed by the Elysée as a chance for the head of state to explain his decisions to ordinary people, saw Sarkozy interviewed by a news presenter before engaging live with 11 viewers. But even before he had made it to the make-up room some of the shine had worn off Sarkozy’s golden moment. Monday morning a television producer protested that TF1 had plagiarised his idea for the format of the show, Paroles de Français. TF1 denied the accusation. Then it emerged that Sarkozy was also unhappy with the programming schedule. According to Le Point magazine, the president became irritated when he discovered that he would be facing audience competition from two big ratings pullers: the American cop thriller Without a Trace on one channel and Star Wars on another. However the “Sarkozy show”, as it was dubbed by some in the French press, hit a more serious note of controversy. TF1 is owned by Martin Bouygues, a close friend of Sarkozy, and the channel frequently faces accusations of bias in favour of the government. “Once again, the presidential communications are benefiting from an obliging hand from TF1. Where will the difficult questions be?” said Patrick Bloche, spokesman for the Socialist party



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