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Sarkozy's Delicate Ears

Has Nicolas Sarkozy had a “let them eat cake” moment? According to The Independent, the French president transferred the prefect and fired the director of police in Manche, where a speech of his was protested earlier this year. Sarkozy was reportedly furious that he was able to hear the jeers of the 3,000 protesters at the site of his speech, saying, at the time, “What an asshole, this prefect is.” The police chief who was canned was, according to the statistcal system Sarkozy introduced, the most successful in all of France. Last year, Sarkozy also ordered the firing of a successful Corsican police chief after nationalist protesters invaded the garden of his friend, actor Christian Clavier.