Sarkozy stars in 'investigative' comic book

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PARIS, Nov 7, 2006 (AFP) - After publishing his own book of political musings, France's interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy has found himself the star of another work -- a comic book.

PARIS, Nov 7, 2006 (AFP) - After publishing his own book of political musings, France's interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy has found himself the star of another work -- a comic book.

Through its 150 pages of cartoon drawings and bubble speech, the comic strip traces the life and times of the ambitious 51-year-old right-winger whose own book "Temoignage", or "Testimony", was a surprise hit earlier this year.

Behind the cartoon strip are a journalist, a lawyer and an artist who claim it is the first "investigative comic book", in a genre hugely popular in France and known in French simply as BD, for Bande Dessinee.

Its title "La Face Karchee de Sarkozy" is a play on words -- loosely meaning 'the hidden side of Sarkozy' but also playing on the word 'karcher', a high-pressure water cleaner. Sarkozy controversially said he wanted to use a 'karcher' during last year's riots to clean up rundown housing estates.

The tale begins in the year 2098 at the Sorbonne University where a student is presenting a thesis on the political phenomenon of 'sarkozism', and then runs through his childhood, political battles and policies up to the 2007 presidential vote.

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Subject: French news

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