Sarkozy scoop could land French journalist with five years in jail

Sky News producer Tami Hoffman who spotted that prime minister Gordon Brown had referred to a voter as a “bigoted woman” in a private, but recorded, moment was rightly lauded for finding the scoop of the campaign.

It seems that if she was working in France it might have been a very different story.

Journalist Augustin Scalbert is facing up to five years in jail for receiving stolen goods after publishing footage leaked from TV channel France 3 which showed French president Nicolas Sarkozy being rude in a recorded off-fair moment.

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French English-language newspaper The Connexion has the story:

In the clip, Sarkozy is seen having make-up applied and is heard to say bonjour to a technician fitting a microphone who then does not respond.

“It’s a question of education,” the president says. “When you’re invited, you have the right for people to say hello to you.

“Otherwise, we’re not at a public broadcaster we’re at a street rally… unbelievable.”

The president then added: “This is going to change.”



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