France's expulsion of Roma. A song to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
Paris, France, August-September 2010.
The word is out that Sarkozy's security forces are about to crackdown on 300 Romani settlements. And they do crackdown indeed, sending thousands of Romanis back to… Romania.
We all know what happened next. Reactions from several heads of states, including the Vatican.
Sarkozy's irony and indifference were rewarded by a low blow in The Economist: "Nicolas Sarkozy, The incredible Shrinking President". The cover page of The Economist portrayed the first lady as tall and as elegant as ever, followed by… a tiny little creature wearing high heals. Nicolas Sarkozy, that is.
But are Nicolas Sarkozy's ways a surprise to anyone?
What could deserve more attention — at least from people paying attention to French politics — is indeed the part being played (or not played) by the first lady.
Carla Bruni, first lady, born and raised in Torino's finest homes and society, definitely left wing, an artist, a singer, surrounded since childhood by artists, writers, composers; rather gentle, with indifference and class… in other words, the very opposite of who you know.
Love is blind? Maybe ambition is blind, but gossip theories aren't the purpose of this story.
Carla's Friends decided to send her a message. A song by a group of writers and musicians that are, if anything, friendly to her.
The average listener might not "dig" every word, but the final recipient, Carla, will definitely click, at every single verse and voice modulation.