It's not easy to translate the title of this post. Placing the adjective sacré before the president's nickname doesn't mean that I consider Nicolas Sarkozy as a sacred individual. On the contrary, it's a way of reacting to his latest surprise act by exclaiming: What a cunning stunt! I'm referring to the masterly way in which Sarko, this afternoon at Nice, succeeded in cornering the young lad from Moscow, Dmitri Medvedev, and persuading him to drop his recent hawkish talk about anti-missile protection systems on the edge of Europe.
During this morning's encounter between Russia and the 27 nations of Europe, Sarkozy was acting, of course, in his role as the current president of the European Union. He succeeded in calming the situation by stating that there would be time enough next year to define a new security architecture for Europe. But the only hitch in Sarko's pragmatic behavior was that, normally, it's not exactly the job of Europe's president to talk to Russia about the deployment of missiles! One has the impression that the French president, while advancing simultaneously in several different directions, has a knack of making up the rules of the game as he goes. As I said: Sacré Sarko!