Sarkozy finds 'drunken' YouTube video hilarious

20th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 20, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy laughed when he saw a YouTube video of himself supposedly drunk at an international summit, and insisted he was merely out of breath, a report said Wednesday.

PARIS, June 20, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy laughed when he saw a YouTube video of himself supposedly drunk at an international summit, and insisted he was merely out of breath, a report said Wednesday.

"I was late, so I went up the stairs four steps at a time," Sarkozy, who says he is a teetotaller, told Le Parisien newspaper of his press conference at a G8 summit in Germany earlier this month.

In the footage, seen by millions of YouTube viewers, he appears short of breath as he apologises for arriving late after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and then pauses, as if on the verge of laughter, before inviting questions.

Sarkozy told Le Parisien he had seen the video for the first time on Monday when he watched it with his wife Cecilia and two of his children. They found it hilarious, he said.

"I don't touch a drop of alcohol. It's not hard, I just don't like it," he told the paper.

A Belgian newscaster was forced to apologize shortly after the G8 summit for suggesting Sarkozy was drunk at the press conference.

Journalist Eric Boever introduced the Sarkozy footage in a news programme  with the comments that "apparently he had more than just water to drink."

Boever later offered his apologies to the French embassy in Brussels and asked that they be conveyed to Sarkozy's office.


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Subject: French news

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