Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Al-Shabaab kill 14 quarry workers in their sleep in Kenya

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

London bombings remembered

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

East african bloc demands Burundian poll be delayed to June 30th

Read more

THE DEBATE

Iran Deal: Finishing Touches? Vienna talks continue past deadline

Read more

THE DEBATE

Time’s up for Greece: EU Leaders review last chance proposals

Read more

ENCORE!

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of speech, six months on

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan executions on the rise

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Life for British Muslims since 7/7'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande and Merkel play good cop, bad cop on Greece

Read more

France

French politicians red-faced over ‘humour’ prize

Text by Joseph BAMAT

Latest update : 2012-10-13

The French press has unveiled the winners of this year’s funniest political quips and one-liners. It is the tenth edition of the Press Club’s annual Humour and Politics award.

Former French MP François Goulard has won the 2012 Humour and Politics award, which was bestowed by the French Press Club on Monday.

“Being a former minister is like sitting in the back of a car and realizing it won’t start,” Goulard (above), an ex-junior minister of higher education with the conservative UMP party, quipped this year, earning him the mock honour.

FORMER FRENCH PM RAFFARIN SHOWS ENGLISH IS NOT HIS STRONG SUIT

Awarded annually by a jury of French journalists, the prize and a list of other honourable mentions have become a tradition ten years in the making.

Former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin won a "lifetime achievement award" for his various and colourful statements during his career (see video right).

A special jury prize this year went to former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, who during Socialist Party primaries last October ironically boasted about her own credentials by saying, “It wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick a woman to sweep up this mess.”

The Internet users’ prize went to another former minister, Thierry Mariani, who when joking about divisions within his party said, “It’s easier to pacify Libya than the UMP.”

While most politicians are aware – and sometimes proud – of their memorable one-liners, others considered for the award would rather forget their gaffes.

Speaking on live television in June, the UMP’s Nadine Morano, a former junior minister for families, infamously said: “I think it’s shocking to paint me as a racist when I have Arab friends, and my best friend is Chadian, and is therefore blacker than an Arab.”

The 2011 award went to Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for his words of encouragement to fellow politicians: "[President François] Mitterrand is revered today, but was once the most hated man in France. That should be a source of hope for many of us.”

Date created : 2012-10-09

  • FRANCE

    Pastry-gate lands French MP in hot water with Muslims

    Read more

  • FRANCE - POLITICS

    French opposition head for bruising leadership battle

    Read more

COMMENT(S)