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Man to be tried for insulting Sarkozy in ghetto

Other News Materials 25 June 2010 14:35
A young man who hurled an obscene insult at French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a suburban ghetto near Paris is to be tried Friday, France Info radio reported.
Man to be tried for insulting Sarkozy in ghetto

A young man who hurled an obscene insult at French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a suburban ghetto near Paris is to be tried Friday, France Info radio reported.

The 21-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday in the suburb of Courneuve, several hours after he allegedly insulted Sarkozy, DPA reported.

According to media reports, he used virtually the same obscene phrase France striker Nicolas Anelka reportedly addressed to team manager Raymond Domenech during the World Cup in South Africa, and then told Sarkozy: "Here you are in my home."

The man accosted Sarkozy as the president was on a surprise visit to the ghetto neighbourhood he had vowed in 2005 to "clean up with a Kaercher," the brand name of an industrial high-pressure cleaning machine. At the time, he was minister of the interior.

The man, who has no police record, will be tried in a court in the city of Bobigny for insulting the head of state.

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