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French president almost sues over voodoo doll.

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Paris, France, October 23rd, 2008, (Reuters).- French president Nicolas Sarkozy almost sued a company that

The Sarkozy voodoo doll. The ad says "Offers 12 different ways to surrender. Baggette not included."

The Sarkozy voodoo doll. The ad says "Offers 12 different ways to surrender. Baggette not included."

sells voodoo dolls in his image along with pins to stick in them and a satirical biography, court officials said.

The same company also sells a similar kit with a doll resembling his model wife, Carla Bruni, which, not suprisingly, has had more success than Sarkozy’s.

The pins that are sold along with Sarkozy’s doll make it do several actions, like drop a gun or raise both hands in the air really fast. The doll has several built in voice messages. All of them say “I surrender” in over 10 languages.

Sarkozy’s lawyer, arguing that the president had the exclusive right to his image, had earlier called on the makers to withdraw the dolls from sale, but the company refused to do so.

Sarkozy’s legal team gave up when the company hired a German lawyer. A spokesfrench told the press “Oh, merde.”

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October 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

French businesses loath to end 35 hour week.

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Paris, France, September 3rd, 2008, (Reuters).- A new law threatens to

French president Nicolas Sarkozy showing the new version of the French flag. "It has velcro on the red and blue squares, so that they can be easily detached in case of attack," explained Sarkozy.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy showing the new version of the French flag. "It has velcro on the red and blue squares, so that they can be easily detached in case of attack," explained Sarkozy.

become the coup de grace for France’s decade-long experiment with a 35-hour work week — a policy that inspired both envy and ridicule in Europe and the U.S.

But the short work week proved difficult to implement, specially on times of terror attacks, when terrorists could outwait policemen’s 35 hour shift.

Now a new law lets companies negotiate more hours from employees. But it’s being met with resistance, even from the employers it was meant to benefit, suggesting President Nicolas Sarkozy’s has little option than calling Jerry Lewis for help.

Previous efforts to erode France’s 35-hour week have been routinely met with protests, prompting the government to send the army against the protestors. However, there was never any conflict or loss of life as the French soldiers surrendered unconditionally early.

This time, however, workers have put up little fuss because the law went into force during the summer vacation season and so protesting would be like work.

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September 4, 2008 at 6:53 am