Bush triumph stirs up French bile

4th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 4 (AFP) - While French officialdom and media are playing it straight over US President George W. Bush's re-election, the public is making its stupefaction known through cafe criticism and acerbic blogs.

PARIS, Nov 4 (AFP) - While French officialdom and media are playing it straight over US President George W. Bush's re-election, the public is making its stupefaction known through cafe criticism and acerbic blogs.

Overwhelmingly, the opinions expressed were ones of dismay that Bush would be in power for another four years, with many predicting worsening transatlantic relations, particularly for France.

Anti-American feelings were also running high with the realisation that the majority of US voters backed Bush.

"It was all a manipulation," a young waiter, who gave his first name as Matthieu, said Thursday as he tended tables in a city cafe.

Around him, and in other cafes and restaurants, the French seethed as they took in the news. Conversations were liberally sprinkled with insults as to the intelligence of Bush and the US electorate.

"I'm fundamentally hostile to Mr Bush's re-election. It's only going to increase the belligerence the United States shows on an international level, and increase European anti-Americanism," a 41-year-old teacher, Lysa Adjas, said.

The results showed the United States was "dominated by a religious culture," she said.

French television threw up various talking heads, almost all of whom agreed that a continuing Bush presidency was a Bad Thing, while newspapers hoped the second term would improve Paris-Washington ties frayed over the Iraq war.

On French Internet sites, the topic took a decidedly sharp tone.

In an online forum hosted by the left-leaning Liberation newspaper, a contributor nicknamed Vigie Pirate, wrote "the American people are in the majority morons. I feel sorry for the minority and good luck for the coming four years."

Another, Ab_pas_dacc, noted that, unlike in the last US election, Bush had the popular vote on his side. He concluded: "The situation is worse than I thought!"

On another blog (http://bix.enix.org), Raf wrote that French friends living in the United States were shellshocked at the new Bush mandate. "To wake up with the same mess as they day before .... that will be nothing compared to, in four years' time, eight years of a Bush administration," he quoted one as saying.

Americans living in Paris - most of whom showed Democrat leanings during election night parties in the capital - were also shaking their heads.

"It's horrible," said John, a business owner in the city who declined to give his last name.

"The guy's a fucking warmonger," he said, referring to Bush.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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