Surrounded by yes-men who are unwilling to point out “when the emperor is less than fully clothed”, the “hyperactive” French President gets some savage treatment from US diplomats in the WikiLeaks cables, despite calling him the US’s staunchest ally.
The leaked cables paint a colourful picture of French President Nicolas Sarkozy - a staunch ally of the US on one hand, and a gaffe-prone, “hyperactive” and impulsive character surrounded by yes-men on the other.
And there is a certain mocking jocularity in the once-secret cables, published in their thousands by WikiLeaks this week.
Left-leaning French daily Liberation, in an editorial on Wednesday titled “Sarkozy Undressed”, said that “in all these memos you get the sense that the diplomats are grinning as they write about the French President.”
Sarkozy ‘the American’
The USA could not have a stauncher ally than Sarkozy, the leaked documents reveal.
“Nicolas Sarkozy is the most pro-American French president since World War II,” wrote US envoy to Paris Mark Pekala in April 2009, adding that the French President was “arguably the most influential leader in Europe.”
Date created : 2010-12-01