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Sarkozy’s 100 days

France's new president has been as hyperactive in office as he was on the campaign trail. But real reform has yet to come

By Tim King   September 2007

Persuasive, pragmatic, ambitious but not a deep thinker, Nicolas Sarkozy has long been one of the world’s most fascinating politicians. For years, the candidate promised his country more than mere change; he promised la rupture, and during his first blistering 100 days in power he has delivered it, after a fashion.

Right from the start he shattered the aloof, monarchic French presidential style. Unflattering front-page photographs of him in shorts jogging up the steps of the Elysée Palace disconcerted some. More acceptable, but equally unheard of, was his descent into the crowd with his wife on 14th July, to join…

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