The video was taken by a Youpress journalist who was following the president around the farmers' fair on Saturday. As he makes his way through a bustling crowd we see the president come across a participant who refuses to shake his hand, saying "don't touch me, you'll get me dirty". Sarkozy equals his insult with "sod off you poor cretin". What a mistake... Youpress sold the video to regional newspaper Le Parisien, who put it online that same night. The effect was huge. In hardly two days the video received over a million hits. While Le Parisien tries to keep the material for itself- it was supposed to be an exclusive- it is passed from website to website all over the world. French bloggers don't relent in firing a train of insults at their president, while Anglophone web-users delight in suggesting posible translations for the presidential comment, with "piss off you jerk", "get lost dumbass" and "bugger off you idiot (the Observers favourite) all in the contest. A Yahoo group has even been created to cast light on the linguistic mystery.
From the blog "Betapolitique":
But when poor French people retaliate with the same language, he throws them in prison and fines them.
Comment from blogger Fonsolo:
No president escapes a few whistles and shouts at a farmers' fair. We remember the day when a president was welcomed with the harsh call of ‘PRICK!', and when he responded, with a smile, by offering his hand to the grump and saying ‘A pleasure to meet you! And I'm Jacques Chirac!' Humour can come in useful in politics. But what should one think of a President of the Republic- who unveiled a memorial for de Gaulle the day before- losing his temper and replying "sod off you poor cretin"?"
Published on the blog "la Droite Sociale":
And to say that calling someone a poor cretin is offensive! That's ridiculous. The very one who's shocked by this affair, is none other than a newspaper that lies to get the world on its side, or to bring attention on Sarko, or both."
Comment from "Fab":