French village says 'non merci' to Sarkozy portrait

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21 September 2007, GUERET (AFP) - Defying an age-old tradition, a small village in central France said Thursday it had voted not to hang a portrait of the French president in the village hall.

21 September 2007

GUERET (AFP) - Defying an age-old tradition, a small village in central France said Thursday it had voted not to hang a portrait of the French president in the village hall.

"The question arose when we were offered a portrait of the president," said Henri Sauthon, an 81-year-old retired farmer and mayor of Sannat, a village of 380 inhabitants.

"During our meeting on Tuesday, some said they were against hanging the picture, so we had a vote -- which ruled against by five to four.

"Maybe we are rebels. Maybe we're a bit hard-headed. Not everyone is a yes-man," he said.

Sauthon noted that while it is traditional, it is not compulsory to hang a portrait of the president -- currently Nicolas Sarkozy -- in French town halls and other government buildings.

AFP

Subject: French news

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