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Friday, May 26, 2006

This Town Ain't Big Enough ...


Chirac and Sarkozy's horses keep up vendetta
By Henry Samuel in Paris
(Filed: 26/05/2006)

The enmity between France's fiercest political rivals Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac has extended to their horses.
The two horses, appropriately named Sarkozy and Chirac when they were presented to the politicians on recent trips to Mali, had to be forcibly separated after a violent kick-fight in a stable, it was reported yesterday.
Mr Sarkozy, the interior minister and head of the ruling UMP party, was given a magnificent bay steed from a regional governor during a visit in 2003. A few months later, President Chirac received a grey, dappled horse from his Malian counterpart, Amadou Toumani Touré. Both left their horses behind.
Sarkozy, his groom told the magazine Le Canard Enchainé, is a "short and jumpy horse" - a fair description of his diminutive, excitable owner. Chirac, on the other hand, was reportedly "tall and calm".
The pair were kept at lavish stables in Bamako, the Malian capital. Initially they shared a box, but after a few days, the two could no longer stand each other's company, and Sarkozy was said to have savagely kicked his companion.
Daily Telegraph

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