Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is at the center of a bitter racism row when he questioned whether it was acceptable to call people monkeys.
The 65-year-old conservative initially caused outrage over the ‘Daily’ TV discussion program when he said that the word n ***** should be allowed.
Appearing on the show on Thursday, he was particularly upset that France had stopped publication of the Agatha Christie novel Ten Little N ***** s under its original title – 81 years after the British author wrote it.
The book is now called and then there were none in France. Decades later, most of the rest of the world dropped the word offensive.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy who is at the center of a racism row
Nicholas Sarkozy gives his opinion, which was criticized on TV show in France
French copies of Agatha Christie’s novel Ten Little N ***** s have a new title
N-word removed from the title Agatha Christie novel Ten Little N ***** s at the request of the author’s great-grandson
The French translation of the novel Agatha Christie will rename it to remove the N-word from its title, the author’s great-great-grandson has said.
Dix Petits N *****, or Ten Little N ****** as originally called in English, would instead become either Ills Attached Dicks or Way Wayne Ten after the new version appeared.
A similar change was made decades ago in the English-language version, which is now titled and then there were none.
The original title comes from a mint song that became popular when it was first published in 1939.
The decision to change the title was taken by Christie’s great-grandson James Pricehard, who owns literary and media rights to his works.
Pricehard said, the words ‘disturbing people’ were not used. ‘
But the changes will not stop at just the title, the text will also be changed to remove the use of the word.
RTL said that the N-word had appeared 74 times in the French version of the book, but would be replaced with the word ‘soldier’ or ‘soldier’, which RTL has said.
The book received its current English title in Britain in the 1980s, following the example of the American version which had no title as non-offensive and then its first publication in 1940.
It also appears in the US under the title ‘Ten Little Indians’, a racially loaded term that is nowadays controversial in the US.
The book has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the best-selling novels of all time.
France was one of the last countries to continue using the original title.
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Speaking on the show, Mr. Sarkozy said: ‘This is the wish of the elite who suffocate them.’ He said that they are: ‘like monkeys who listen to nobody.’
The former president, continuing his extreme views, said: ‘Now I don’t know if we have the right to say monkey. what do we say? Ten little soldiers? This progress society? ‘
He became more agitated as other guests of the TMC Channel show became increasingly uncomfortable.
Mr. Sarkozy continued: ‘We have the right to call anyone a monkey, without insulting them.’
Critics soon commented on his comments, posting a video of Mr. Sarkozy’s remarks with MEP Yannick Jadot: ‘Nicholas Sarkozy in the middle of a racist ship.’
Daniel Obono, Paris MP, stated that Mr Sarkozy was a ‘petty former President of the French Republic’, a ‘great mover of authority, an extreme right and a right away from desolation’. ‘
Ms. Obono, a black MP this month, was portrayed as a chained slave in the right-wing weekly Vallers Actuil (Current Values).
He stated that such behavior was institutionally specific to a racist country.
Adrian Quatanes, from the left-hand party de Gueche, said: ‘Beyond arguing over whether we have the right to say or not, will he understand that the most annoying part of this sequence is the speed with which his brain connects the word is. N ***** with the word ‘monkey’. ‘
France’s former black and female justice minister Cristian Toubeera was maligned as a monkey in the magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The magazine’s publishers tried to say that they were doing satire at the French National Front – now the National Rally.
The political party, the National Rally, is often associated with racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism.
Mr Sarkozy gained some support as former minister Rachida Dati, close to the former president, denied that he had ‘an ounce of racism’.
She argued on BFM-TV and RMC that Mr. Sarkozy had welcomed Barack Obama before anyone could imagine that he could one day become president.
‘That was for positive discrimination, for foreigners’ right to vote.’
Next month, Mr. Sarkozy will become the first former president in the history of modern France to be tried for corruption related to the post in his time.
If convicted during the 17-day process, which begins October 5, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
The case comes after allegations by the Paris Court of Cassation rejected Mr. Sarkozy’s appeal, in which he tried to bribe a judge.
The former president denies any wrongdoing, but he is said to have tried to obtain classified legal information from Gilbert Ezibert in 2014, when he was the first Advocate General in the Court of Cassation.
Officers of the fraud squad raided the house that Mr Sarkozy shared with his third wife, 52-year-old model Carla Bruni, in 2012, within a week of becoming president.
The time of the raid was because the French are immune from prosecution while in the presidency.
They can be charged only once they leave the post.
Mr Sarkozy has also faced scandals over other allegations that he withdrew to help Qatar win the 2022 World Cup.
He also accuses former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of financing the election campaign to help the former president control his 2007 election campaign.