Carla Bruni blamed for Nicolas Sarkozys shift to the leftNovember 17th, 2008 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 17 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozys supporters, who are worried about his inclination towards socialism, believe that his glamorous wife Carla Bruni is behind the shift towards the left.
Sarkozy, famed for his zero tolerance policing as interior minister, was once derided on the left as a dangerous right-winger.
But lately he has been showing signs of an ideological rethink by attacking fat cats and the dictatorship of the market. He has pledged to create 100,000 state-subsidised jobs.
Sarkozy ridiculed the former socialist government last year for a similar gesture.
And now, a sudden shift towards socialism, has him caricatured on an Internet website as a French Che Guevara.
The French president himself does not rule out that he has changed his political stripes.
Have I become a socialist? Perhaps, Times Online quoted him as saying recently.
While his supporters call it pragmatism, many call Sarkozys socialist shift as a clear influence of wife Bruni, who has often described herself as a woman of the left.
Recently, the lady in question created a furore in Italy after she persuaded Sarkozy to override a courts decision to extradite Marina Petrella, a former member of the Red Brigades, to Rome, where she had been found guilty of armed robbery, kidnap and murder.
Also, she criticised Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Ministers racial comments on US president elect Barack Obama.
The 40-year-old French first lady highlighted her new activism by joining a campaign to stamp out racism and shake up the white political elite.
And Sarkozy, even before meeting Bruni, has given preference to ethnic minorities in his cabinet and last week he appointed the countrys first black regional police chief.
Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, a senator in Sarkozys party, believes that the president is more pragmatic than ideological.
He said: I certainly dont think hes turned into a socialist.
And as for Bruni: Shes been having an amazingly good influence on him; I dont think she should keep her mouth shut just because shes the wife of the head of state. (ANI)
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