Hungarian papers highlight Sarkozy's immigrant background

7th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

BUDAPEST, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Hungarian dailies on Monday highlighted the immigrant background of French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the son of a Hungarian immigrant.

BUDAPEST, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Hungarian dailies on Monday highlighted the immigrant background of French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the son of a Hungarian immigrant.

"For the next five years the 52-year-old Nicolas Sarkozy, of Hungarian origin, will move into the Elysee palace," the biggest circulation news daily, the centre-left Nepszabadsag, wrote on its front page.

"Why did the French vote for the son of a Hungarian refugee with an unpronouncable last name? ... Because when someone has a serious ailment he turns to a doctor. And he is the best doctor right now for France," Nepszabadsag said in an editorial.

Right-wing opposition daily Magyar Nemzet said in an editorial that "the son of the Hungarian immigrant advanced two steps at a time up the ladder until reaching the pinnacle of the Elysee Palace, where from now on the guards will salute him."

"This young man was not the child of the French bourgeoisie or aristocracy... When others dreamt of being a fireman, soldier or shepherd (a famous citation from a Hungarian children's poem), he dreamt of one day becoming the president of France," Magyar Nemzet wrote.

"He knew that the press would try to demonize him, pull out the 'Hungarian card,' but he always had something up his sleeve to hit back," the daily wrote.

Regarding French-Hungarian relations, Magyar Nemzet said relations would be closer with France if the right-wing opposition was in power in Hungary instead of the governing Socialists and Liberals.

"If there was a change of government at home there would be an ideological and personal link between the Hungarian and French leaders, but even then Sarkozy would only act in the interest of Hungary if that was also in the French interest," Magyar Nemzet said.

"...(Sarkozy) only has one home: France. Still, it's nice to hear that all of the Hungarian media 'mispronounce' his name," Magyar Nemzet writes, referring to the Hungarian pronunciation of the next president's name (Shaarkoezi).

Left-wing daily Nepszava recalled on its front page that the next French president's father was born in 1928 in Budapest as Pal Sarkozy Bocsai Nagy, who fled Hungary in 1944.

Sarkozy was elected French president after defeating Socialist rival Segolene Royal in Sunday's run-off election.


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