Facts implied above are FALSE; in truth:
- Sarkozy reaches for the man's hand to shake
- Man: "Don't Touch me!" (using "Tu")
- S: "flake off, then" (again with "Tu", and with surprising calm given the offensive words)
- M: "You dirty me" (again with "Tu")
- S: "flake off, then, poor ****" (again with "Tu", adding this time a very offensive insult, hard to translate in English, and replaced with "****" by Yahoo - yet still with unbelievable apparent calm)
1. "Tutoying", i.e. using "Tu", while correct to anyone, and common in certain circles, is a bit too familiar, particularly when to high persons; excepted to Sarkozy, who is known for publicly saying "Tu" to unknown persons, which in France amounts to a permanent invitation to say "Tu" in turn.
2. "casse toi" is very offensive, and even among the most uneducated young people, would be received as a provocation to fight.
3. "pauvre con", literally "poor ****", is even worse, by far; it is a very rude and offensive insult, even between ordinary persons. Anyone saying that in any circumstances and after any precedent would expect being hit with fist - or even with knife from certain people. Most people never said this once in their whole life.
Everyone in France, despite being already accustomed to Sarkozy "tutoying" people without their permission and insulting his employees, is deeply shocked by this behavior. Only mercenaries sent in mission by the power in place could pretend otherwise - and unfortunately they are numerous, yet they remain a tiny minority facing the overwhelming number of people of all ages, politics, religions, races, who usually keeping silent, today come on forums to refuse such behavior. Saying such insults with so much apparent calm and intertwined with "Thanks" denotes deep and trained duplicity.
Versailles, Mon 25 Feb 2008 16:53:30 +0100