Politician under pressure to apologise for 'bitch' remark

29th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 29, 2007 (AFP) - A top French politician from President Nicolas Sarkozy's rightwing UMP party was under pressure Friday to publicly apologise to a centrist politician after he was caught on camera calling her a "bitch."

PARIS, June 29, 2007 (AFP) - A top French politician from President Nicolas Sarkozy's rightwing UMP party was under pressure Friday to publicly apologise to a centrist politician after he was caught on camera calling her a "bitch."     

Patrick Devedjian, the UMP's party deputy secretary general, made the comment about Anne-Marie Comparini while congratulating a fellow rightwinger for having ousted her from her parliamentary seat in elections this month.

"That bitch," he said after congratulating his colleague.  

The insult was filmed and broadcast on Wednesday by a regional French television station and later made its way onto various Internet sites such as the video-sharing platform Dailymotion.

Devedjian in a statement denounced the broadcasting of "images stolen during a private conversation" and said he wanted to express his "esteem and his friendship" towards Comparini.

He said he had phoned her on Thursday to apologise.

But Comparini said Friday she wanted a public apology.

"I find those remarks shocking, deplorable," she told Europe 1 radio. "How can we, in this coutnry, create the culture of debate if one speaks like that about those who have different values?"


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Subject: French news

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