Last Friday, two days before the election 8 million French viewers watched Home, a television documentary on saving the planet. Minister of Culture Christine Albanel praised the "historic success" of the documentary. Many feel that the impact of the film influenced the vote on Sunday to the advantage of the green candidate Daniel Cohn-Bendit.
Cohn-Bendit received 2,802,950 votes from French voters. Well ahead of Bayrou's 1,455,225 votes. And almost tied with Martine Aubry's Socialist Party's 2,837,674 votes. By draining off so many votes from the Socialists, the "ecologists" rendered a great service to Sarkozy: that of reducing even further the influence of UMP's biggest rival. But some are saying that Sarkozy was behind this victory, urging voters to choose the Greens. According to Le Salon Beige, one week before the elections, Minister of Agriculture Michel Barnier called on voters to vote for Cohn-Bendit: "On the Left, the only one who is really European today, is Cohn-Bendit! The only one who talks intelligently -- you can disagree with him -- is Cohn-Bendit! I am saying that those on the Left, and there is a certain number of them who are respectable, have that choice!"
Two days before the election, in a televised debate between François Bayrou and Cohn-Bendit, the issue of pedophilia was raised. First Bayrou accused C-B of entertaining close friendly relations with Nicolas Sarkozy, to which C-B responded that it was "ignoble" of Bayrou to say such things and that he (Bayrou) was too pathetic to ever be president. To that Bayrou responded that it was "ignoble" to justify sexual acts with children. Xavier Bertrand, chairman of Sarkozy's UMP party said he was sickened by Bayrou's remarks which, he insisted, crossed the limits. He added that he, like the other participants in the debate, felt disgust on hearing the remarks which exposed the true nature of the man who uttered them. It is interesting to note that he was disgusted by a criticism of pedophilia, not by the pedophilia itself.
A cocky, curly-haired Cohn-Bendit spoke openly about his pedophilia in a video from 1982. French readers can view it at François Desouche. One key passage says it all: "You know that the sexuality of a child is absolutely fantastic! (...) When a little girl of 5 begins to undress you, it's fantastic. It's fantastic because it is an absolutely erotic-maniacal game... "
Jacques Trémolet, a right-wing lawyer with monarchist sympathies, known for taking on controversial cases, has no fear of Dany the Green:
The heroes are weary. Dany the Red, and José Bové will enter Parliament as revolutionaries in rabbit skins, their only goal being to have a seat there. Now they have it - their scarf, their chair, their indemnities. (...) Before they vanish, they will do a little more harm, and perhaps, without meaning to, a little bit of good, as destroyers. For the Europe they are attacking - or pretend to attack - is not our Europe. And in the end, whether they are for or against Barroso leaves us completely cold. We will stay on the shore, singing Suave, mari magno. Anything that works to bring down these inherently evil institutions will be of service.
Suave mari magno is a quote from the Latin poet Lucretius: How sweet to be on the shore watching as trembling sailors fight for their lives against the raging sea...
P.S. For those of you wondering, Dieudonné did not win a thing, not even a free trip to Zion, not even a tote bag or a mug. His philosopher friend, his Muslim mentor and his fake rabbi will have to find other stages to play on for now.