From Bakchich, here's the latest outburst of somewhat amusing bigotry by a French politician. His name is André Valentin, he is the mayor of a small town called Gussainville and a member of Sarkozy's center-right party. He said:

It's time for us to react... because otherwise we're going to be eaten alive. There's 10 million of them, 10 million that we pay to do nothing.

Obviously this caused a bit of a stir, so when contacted, he denied he meant 10 million (mostly Muslim) immigrants. He swore, on his "deeply Christian" faith that he had been quoted out of context and set up by journalists. He says he actually meant people living in poverty. As for journalists...

I'd like to see these assholes face to face to get my rifle out. Me, I've taken part in wars. They're a bunch of fags. Er... not that I have anything against those people!


Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,